TUSCOLA, TX — Jim Ned Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jerod Womack was announced Monday morning as the lone finalist for the athletic director job at Stephenville ISD. A confirmation vote will take place with the Stephenville school board next week.

"It'll always be something that I treasure, you know, the three years I spent at Jim Ned and just the relationships I've built with my players with my coaches," Coach Jerod Womack said Tuesday morning. "Guys I'll never forget are the ones that bought in and did the things right and that was for the most part, the majority of those guys that came together as a family and a brotherhood. I'll always treasure those memories."

Womack has spent the previous 3 football seasons coaching at Jim Ned. The program went 17-16 during his tenure, including a 9-3 season in 2017.

"It's difficult to walk away from those guys." Womack said. "I told my guys this morning, 'What y'all have done and the way you all have worked, all those things that we've done here in Jim Ned, it makes a person like me attractive to someone like Stephenville.'"

Before coaching Jim Ned, Womack had spent 9 seasons coaching at Abilene Cooper High School.

He moves on to Stephenville, a 4A District 3 school, that had previously won a football state championship in 2012. On that state championship run, the Yellow Jackets had memorably beaten Abilene Wylie.

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Stephenville has great traditions. My plan is to go in there and just help this program and help those coaches and help those kids achieve even hirer goals.. I enjoy being a guy that can help behind the scenes and make things better for all the coaches involved in all the athletics there. It's a great challenge ahead of me. But I also know it's going to be a lot of fun and it's going to be a great place to have my kids and my family and we're just really looking forward to getting down there."

Jim Ned ISD confirmed that they are now in the process of hiring a new athletic director.