Tarleton State University graduate Jerod Womack, current athletic director for Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, is the lone finalist for that position at Stephenville High School.

Superintendent Matt Underwood noted that a committee chose Womack as the lone finalist. As one of 30 applicants to fill the position held by the departing AD, Mike Copeland, Womack’s name will be brought before the SISD board of trustees for approval on June 18.

Womack was named by the Abilene Reporter-News as the Class 3A Big Country coach of the year in football for the 2017 season.

Underwood said the energy Womack projected during interviews with the search committee was impressive, along with his background and references.

“This guy was very solid, from top to bottom, in all of his experiences,” Underwood said.

SHS head football coach Greg Winder said he has known Womack six or seven years, and served with him on the Texas High School Coaches Association board.

“He’s a good family man, very energetic. He’s a good person,” Winder said. “He likes to be around the kids.”

Winder said that Womack has five children, ages 8 to 2.

Jim Ned was 5-6 in 2015, Womack’s first year as head football coach in Tuscola, but made the Class 3A playoffs. The Indians were 3-7 in 2016 and tied for third in their district. They won a district title last season and finished 9-3. 

Womack served as an assistant football coach at Class 5A Abilene Cooper from 2006 through 2015. During his tenure at Cooper, he had been offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, wide receiver coach and head track coach.

He previously was an assistant football coach in Brownwood and Salado, after stints at TCU as a video graduate assistant and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as a student assistant.

Womack graduated from UMHB in 2001, and earned a master’s degree in education administration from Tarleton in 2006.

Copeland, who recently announced his retirement at age 71 after 41 years in coaching, will complete his duties as AD at SHS on June 30.