After going 2 and 8 in 2012, the Winters Blizzards found themselves on the hunt for their third head coach in as many years. The school board got their man, Stan Caffey. Coach Caffey has blown into Winters following nearly a decade of playoff success.
"I was the head coach and athletic director at Springlake Earth," the new head coach told KTXS on Thursday.
"We won 40 ball games in 4 years and went to the semi-finals for the first time in the history of the school. I'm a builder, after 7 years I wanted a new challenge. Something to motivate me to put together another program."
Coach Caffey's inagural year looks to be a tough one. The Blizzards open the year at home against number 3 Mason before rounding out non-district at number 10 the Goldthwaite Eagles. They then follow a trip to the defending State champs and number 4 Stamford with a home date featuring the number 7 and class A team of the year in Anson.
"Our schedule is brutal, we have four of the top ten teams on our schedule," coach Caffey explained, "we'll use those games to improve, the challenge for us is to keep our confidence up and we'll have a chance at the end of the year to be in the playoffs. That's really what we're shooting for this year is to be a playoff football team."
A playoff berth won't come easy, but Coach Caffey has been a part of Cinderella stories before and he's seen what an unlikely playoff push can do to an entire community.
"Winters has that tradition just like Springlake Earth did," Caffey explained, "they've won in the past, they know how to support a football program. They take a lot of pride in their kids and want them to be successful. On Friday night if everybody can leave the stadium happy it means a lot to them."