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Following in some big footsteps
by Kevin J. Keller/My Thoughts on Paper
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Goddard High School football coach Sam Jernigan, right, was a regular interview subject during my time in Roswell, New Mexico. It seems almost too ironic that Jernigan, who retired from Goddard in May and is now serving as the offensive coordinator at South Garland, began his coaching career here in Beeville as the head baseball coach in the early ’80s, and now I’m here in Beeville continuing a career in a related field.
Goddard High School football coach Sam Jernigan, right, was a regular interview subject during my time in Roswell, New Mexico. It seems almost too ironic that Jernigan, who retired from Goddard in May and is now serving as the offensive coordinator at South Garland, began his coaching career here in Beeville as the head baseball coach in the early ’80s, and now I’m here in Beeville continuing a career in a related field.
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I, more than probably most people, hate clichés, so it seems almost too apropos to use one in my introductory column.

My name is Kevin J. Keller – wait for it, here comes that cliché – and I have some big shoes to fill as the sports editor here at the Bee-Picayune.

It is my intention to make sure I live up to the legacy left by Bruce Harper.

Beeville is my third stop in the journalism field, following the Roswell Daily Record in Roswell, New Mexico, and The Press-News in Minerva, Ohio.

I started as a part-time sports reporter at The Press-News shortly after graduating from a technical school near Cleveland, Ohio, for radio and television broadcast technique.

In 2009, I accepted a sports reporting position at the Roswell Daily Record. After four months on the job as a sports reporter, I took over as the sports editor.

I accepted the sports editor position in Beeville on May 9 and began my official tenure here on July 7.

Personally, I’m an avid golfer. I’m lingering at around a 5 handicap at the moment.

My career low round is 70 on a par-72 course. I am still seeking my first career hole-in-one, but I do have two career double eagles.

I also enjoy fishing, which is one of the major reasons why the position in Beeville was so enticing. I am thoroughly looking forward to my first fishing adventures in this area.

That’s the long and short of it when it comes to my past. I don’t want to keep boring you with mundane details.

Instead, I’ll just move on to telling you what you can expect with me as the sports editor.

My philosophy is to provide a hyper-local section that highlights local student-athletes.

And please take notice of how I phrased that – student-athletes.

These players are, first and foremost, students, and I respect that fact. I don’t believe in unnecessarily criticizing student-athletes, and that is something I can guarantee that I won’t do during my time here.

I also believe in an open-door policy when it comes to meeting with members of the community.

I welcome and encourage feedback from readers, parents and coaches.

My door at the Bee-Picayune office is always open, so feel free to stop in if you so desire.

Phone calls and emails are also encouraged.

The phone number here at the Bee-Picayune is 361-343-5223, and the email address is sports@mysoutex.com.

I look forward to covering athletics here in Bee County, and I very much look forward to becoming a part of this great community.

The hospitality extended me thus far has been fantastic. I’m excited about the prospects of working and living here.

I just hope that I can reach the bar set by Bruce Harper during his tenure.
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