To the victor go the spoils, and after two seasons of leading the Kangaroo football team into the playoffs, Coach Billy Mathis will oversee Weatherford High School sports as the new athletic director and remain head football coach.
Weatherford ISD board members approved Mathis for the position in a unanimous vote Monday evening.
"We are pleased to announce Billy Mathis as athletic director," WISD Superintendent Dr. Beau Rees said. "Coach Mathis is committed to building a winning program at the high school and middle school levels and will replace Richard Scoggin, who announced his intention to retire in March. In addition to his responsibilities as athletic director, Coach Mathis will remain head coach of the Weatherford Kangaroos varsity football team."
Coach Mathis expressed his appreciation for the trust and belief the WISD has placed in him.
"I'm honored to have this opportunity. I truly believe, and I know, that God put me on this earth to be right here, right now with all of you and I know from the bottom of my heart that it's going to do nothing but improve everything here," Mathis said. "Because of the leadership we have here, because of this community, this is a destination school, and it's going to be even more of a destination school from the education part to athletics to everything that we do. I promise you I will give you my heart and soul — I always have and always will — and I'm just so excited right now for this opportunity. Thank y'all for trusting in me and believing in me as much as I trust and believe in you guys and ladies, so I look forward to it."
Mathis is in his 15th year in public education and has been the head football coach and assistant athletic director in Weatherford since 2017. Before coming to Weatherford, Mathis served as the defensive coordinator in Aledo.
In Mathis' two years at the Kangaroos program's helm, fans have seen a noted change in the culture of Weatherford football that has stretched itself into the junior high programs and area youth football.
The Kangaroos made the playoffs each of the last two years, and Mathis reversed a 4-7 first-year record into 7-4 mark last season. Weatherford has made the playoffs both years.
The next step for the Kangaroos is to win a playoff game and establish a deep playoff run, and Monday's announcement expressed the faith the WISD school board has in Mathis.
"We're looking forward to seeing what you're going to do in the next step, the next level. Everything that you do, you do with passion, with vision, with dedication and with love, and love for our kids. We're creating good student-athletes, and we are creating good young men and good young women," WISD board President Mike Guest said. "That's what we want to come out of here, good young men and women — and you focus on that as well, so we're super excited about you being the new Athletic Director for this district."