HAWLEY, Texas -

Let the Mitch Ables era begin at Hawley high school! The school board voted unanimously to hire Ables as the next head coach and athletic director of the Bearcats program.

"Big Country's home to me. It will be good to get back here, and get the family here. I look forward to it," Ables said after the meeting.

Ables comes from Mt. Vernon, where he was Offensive Coordinator of a Tigers program that finished 5-5 in 2013.

He'll take over for Brad Schoonmaker, who led the Bearcats to a 6-6 record last season, including a berth in the area-round of the playoffs.

"We gotta develop a winning attitude and that's what we're going to shoot for is try to get these kids to expect to win, get that attitude, and get them to work hard and improve everyday, and go from there," Ables said.