Doege was recently at Thrall High School for four years as its AD and head football and baseball coach. He was at Skidmore-Tynan a few years back under head coach Craig Hesseltine and followed him to Ingleside before going to Austin Anderson and then to the Thrall Tigers.
“It’s a new opportunity for myself and our family,” Doege said.
Wife Jamie is from Woodsboro, and Doege hails from La Vernia. The move will get them closer to both sides of the family and their two boys, budding baseball stars Brody (seven) and Jason (five), will get to have their grandparents closer to enjoy the upcoming games and events in their lives.
“I am excited being here. It’s been fast and furious, but we’re going to do what is right by both the boys and girls here at Pettus,” Doege said.
“We’re looking to get the kids really involved. The girls have had a great couple of years, and we want to get the boys back on track and going in the right direction.”
In football, Doege favors the spread offense, but he will look to the talent available and see what best suits the guys on the field. If the squad is more suited to the Wing-T or some other offense, Doege will adjust accordingly.
“I want to give the kids the best opportunity to be successful,” Doege said.
“I want to build strong relationships with these kids, and I’ll treat them as my own.”
One thing has already impressed the new Pettus coach, and that’s the drive and work ethic exhibited by many of the athletes at PHS.
“We’ll want to develop a successful program for both the boys and girls. I want it to carry over into all the sports and different seasons,” Doege said.
That will lead to building a tradition of success at Pettus and deliver some of the life lessons sports provides, according to the new coach.