New football coach: Hard work key to success

Chad Zschiesche, new head football coach for the Granbury Pirates, said players and coaches will have to work hard to make the program a success.

“Having coached for 15 years, I have developed a strong understanding of the loyalty, vigor, dedication and time required to be exceptional,” the 38-year-old coach said after the school announced his hiring Friday afternoon.

This is Zschiesche’s first head football job. He was offensive coordinator at Mansfield Summit before moving to Byron Nelson this spring in the same role. He helped Summit reach the playoffs in five of the past six seasons.

“We had many outstanding candidates for our coaching position,” Superintendent Jim Largent said. “After an extensive interview process, Coach Zschiesche was our selection for many reasons. He has coached at all levels, from junior high to varsity, and in small and large schools.”

The Plainview native began his career at GHS in 2001 before moving to Hico, where he was offensive coordinator and head baseball coach from 2002-2006. He then spent three years at Wichita Falls High School coaching offensive linemen and powerlifters.

“Coach Zschiesche has a plan for building a program in Granbury,” Largent continued. “He is enthusiastic and a ‘kid magnet.’ We received great recommendations from many people about his qualifications, work ethic and overall readiness for our job.”

Zschiesche succeeds Scotty Pugh, who coached the team since 2008 before departing this summer to lead the Orange Grove Bulldogs. The Pirates were 1-9 the past two seasons.