Halfmann returns to Olfen roots, ready to lead Mustang athletics

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Coach Brandon “Bud” Halfmann’s new assignment at Olfen is a homecoming.

Halfmann, a graduate of Ballinger High School and Angelo State University, has spent more than a quarter of a century of his life at the school located 35 miles northeast of San Angelo in Runnels County.

“The only reason I left was because I wanted to coach high school kids,” said Halfmann, who was recently appointed Class 1A school athletic director and head football coach who during the most of its 100 years of existence, has only organized courses. until the eighth year.

This forced Halfmann, who graduated from Ballinger in 1988, to choose a nearby high school to complete his studies. But he never wandered too far, taking a job with Olfen after graduating from ASU in 1995.

After 17 years, he left Olfen to try high school athletics, first at nearby Paint Rock, then a little further down to Blackwell, where Halfmann came in with two wins in the women’s basketball tournament and won. a regional track title while training the Lady Hornets. .

Blackwell coach Bud Halfmann speaks to his team during a time out in their match against Hermleigh.  Hermleigh won the Region II-1A 43-27 semi-final match on Friday February 28, 2020 at ACU's Moody Coliseum.

Olfen made the switch to a full K-12 system in 2017 and with the 2021 football season approaching, the Mustangs are gearing up for a full second season as a full-fledged high school athletic program.

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In just a few weeks at work, the Olfen native is already proud of the athletes in his hometown and excited to work with a new team of coaches.

“We’ve had up to 13 in summer practice and that’s a pretty good number because we have 18-20 high school kids in track and field out of 35 in total,” said Halfmann. “I was really impressed with how difficult they want to work.”

Summer strength and conditioning training is being organized for all athletes as permitted by UIL, while sport-specific training for football and volleyball is scheduled to start on August 2.

Halfmann, who will also coach men’s basketball, is leading a complete overhaul of the Mustang sports program after replacing Travis Tennison as athletic director and all-round coach.

Olfen's Reagan McGill prepares for an attack on the Veribest Lady Falcons during their volleyball game on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, in Veribest.

There is a new volleyball coach, Madelyn Ellerbe, and a new boys assistant coach, JR Galvan de Ballinger. In addition, Shania Tinney will be the girls’ assistant.

“That’s a lot of young coaches,” said Halfmann, who is entering his 26th year of training. “But one thing that impressed me was the way they all said ‘whatever you need’ when asked what they want to do. It was huge.”

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