For its first 43 years, Hays High School had one football coach, Bob Shelton. Now, the Rebels are on their third coach in four years.
And if nothing else can be said for all the transition, it does illustrate the Hays program’s credibility statewide. The coach who just left, Blake Feldt, moved on to run the legendary program at Odessa Permian. And the new man, Neal LaHue, comes from a very deep background in Texas football.
Hays CISD named LaHue as its new coach and athletic coordinator late last week after snagging him from San Antonio Roosevelt. LaHue had a 42-33 record in six seasons at Roosevelt. The Rough Riders finished 9-3 in 2012.
In the four seasons before he coached Roosevelt, LaHue coordinated the offense at Texas A&M-Kingsville, which was 36-11 with three Lone Star Conference (LSC) championships and three NCAA Division II playoff appearances during those years.
LaHue also played at A&M-Kingsville from 1981-84, where he was the quarterback and place kicker. As a kicker, he made the American Football Coaches Association All-America team. He holds the school records for most consecutive extra points in a season (35) and most consecutive extra points in a career (51). LaHue also kicked 19 of 28 field goals in his career and had 109 of 115 extra points. LaHue was All-Lone Star Conference for three seasons and was an LSC all-academic honoree.
LaHue began his coaching career at Ingleside High School, coaching running backs and defensive backs for two seasons. He then went to Corpus Christi Calallen High School before moving on to be offensive coordinator at Seguin for one year. Following that came a four-year stint as the offensive coordinator at Westlake, where he coached NFL great Drew Brees. During LaHue’s years at Westlake, the school won a Class 5A state championship and had another finish as state runner-up another season.
From there, LaHue was head coach at Kerrville Tivy, where he finished 34-23 in five seasons and made the playoffs every year before taking the offensive coordinator position at A&M-Kingsville.