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June 24, 2016
Chad Zschiesche Chad Zschiesche is the new head coach for the Granbury Pirate football team after his appointment was made official by the Granbury ISD Board of Trustees during a special meeting on June 24, 2016.
We had many outstanding candidates for our coaching position.  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,” commented superintendent Dr. James Largent.
Zschiesche was the offensive coordinator for Mansfield Summit High School before moving to Byron Nelson High School this spring in the same role to follow his mentor, Coach Travis Pride. At Summit, he helped the Jaquars reach the playoffs in five of the past six seasons, with the team finishing 2015 with a 10-2 record overall while ranking among the top ten teams in the state.
“Having coached for fifteen years, I have developed a strong understanding of the loyalty, vigor, dedication, and time required to be exceptional,” the coach remarked.
The new head coach 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.
A native of Plainview, Zschiesche holds a Bachelor of Science in both exercise/sports studies and biology from Tarleton State University, where he later earned a master’s degree in physical education.
“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.”
GHS was realigned for the 2016 and 2017 seasons into the new District 9-5A with previous rivals Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Crowley, Everman, and Joshua. Joining the group is Arlington Seguin, which replaces outgoing district opponent Aledo.
The Pirates kick off their regular season the following week at home against the Fort Worth Western Hills Cougars on Friday, August 26 at 7:30 P.M. Other home games will feature the Pirates taking on: Crowley (Friday, September 30), Joshua (Friday, October 7), Burleson Centennial (Friday, October 21), and Arlington Seguin (Friday, November 4). All home games will be played at Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium beginning at 7:30 P.M.
The team will travel for five matchups:  Carrollton R.L. Turner (Friday, September 2), Springtown (Friday, September 9), Burleson (Friday, September 23), Everman (Friday, October 14), and Cleburne (Friday, October 28). All games will begin at 7:30 P.M. with the exception of the matchup at R.L. Turner, which will start at 7:00 P.M.
“We are excited to have Coach Zschiesche in Granbury, and he cannot wait to get to work,” said athletic director Dwight Butler.  “He will be setting up meetings with coaches, players and parents in the very near future to discuss his expectations for the future of the Pirate Nation.”
Zschiesche succeeds Scotty Pugh, who coached the team since 2008 before departing this summer to lead the Orange Grove Bulldogs.

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