Frenship officials introduce new athletic director
By Bryan Navarette
The Frenship ISD Board of Trustees named Kenny Catney as the district’s first full-time director of athletics.
Superintendent David Vroonland made the announcement at the Casey Administration Building during a specially held board meeting last week.
“I’m excited about it,” Catney said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me and it’s actually a perfect setting for success for students in extracurricular activities.”
Catney, a 1986 Midwestern State University graduate who played soccer and was an NAIA All-American in 1985, comes to Frenship from Wichita Falls ISD.
Catney spent 29 years in Wichita Falls, including the past nine as athletics director.
During his time at Wichita Falls, Catney was the head boys soccer coach and head cross country coach from 1986-2006. His teams won state championships in baseball, track and field, soccer and tennis.
Vroonland, who previously worked in the Wichita Falls district as a middle school principal, said he knew of Catney but only in his capacity as a soccer coach and not personally.
Vroonland said the candidates for the position came from sitting athletics directors, administrators holding the head football coach and athletics director combination title and people working in collegiate athletics.
“(Catney’s) vision is really one of coach development and coach education,” Vroonland said. “That’s really big pictures. He really focuses in on those things.”
Catney said he is confident the multiple positions he has held in the past have prepared him for his next position.
“Being in a district with three high schools and one athletic director, you definitely had to lead the path,” Catney said, “and you had to set the rules by yourself. So, I think that’s going to help me adapt into this job.”
According to a news release, Catney compiled a record of 402-53-31 as Rider’s head soccer coach and is one of only five soccer coaches in the state of Texas with 400 victories. His soccer teams won 17 district championships, qualified for the UIL state tournament three times and won the Class 4A state championship in 2000.
Catney said the decision to come to Wolfforth was primarily based on the progress the Frenship athletic program has made over the last few years.
“The success that they’ve had,” Catney said, “and the success that is expected from the group of coaches that are here, and the coaches seem like they jump onto it and they go forward with it.”
Catney will take over responsibilities that were managed by Brad Davis, who has served as both athletic director and head football coach since 2006.
“To expect the head football coach to really be able to put full eyes on all other programs and manage his sport, was something we were looking at and going, ‘that’s really not fair,’ ” Vroonland said. “We had been examining it for a while. Coach (Brad) Davis and I had talked about it as, this was something we were going to have to transition to at one point. The rollover to (Class) 6A was kind of like ‘OK, this is the point.’ ”
Davis elected to remain as Frenship’s head football coach during the district’s time of transition, according to the news release. He has compiled a record of 90-24 with seven undefeated district championships in nine seasons.
“It’s exciting that they have already established a great foundation,” Catney said, “and now it’s time to work together with all the coaches to make sure we go to that next level.”
Catney said he will be spending time between Wolfforth and Wichita Falls until his start date in April.
(A-J Media High School Editor Phil Terrigno contributed to this report.)
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