Texas High School Coaches Association President speaks out against IMG Academy

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Glen West, the head coach at Brenham High School and President of the Texas High School Coaches Association, evidently isn’t a fan of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.  According to a Dallas Morning News Sports Day story, in West’s opening letter in February’s Texas Coach magazine, he wrote that IMG could “destroy our profession” and went on to say that Texas players should stay in-state.

West is quoted as saying, “It’s not necessarily against IMG, it’s just for years in the state of Texas we have been the advocate for our kids, where the college coaches come through and it’s been a really good situation for hundreds of years.  The idea of athletes being raised through your program in your community, being part of your community, until later in their career (they) think they need to go to a specialist, we don’t agree with that.”

A large number of coaches throughout the state have expressed the similar thoughts to High School Football America.

According to the story, three Texas players — wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon from Houston St. Thomas, quarterback Kellen Mond from San Antonio Reagan and Allen offensive lineman E.J. Ndoma-Ogar — have transferred to IMG.

Last year, IMG, which is able to bring top players from around the country, finished #7 in the High School Football America national rankings.


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