Tale Lights Podcast

Tale Lights Podcast

By Erik Thormaehlen
Texas professional educator, Erik Thormaehlen, sets out on an episodic journey of professional development. This podcast includes interviews with (mostly retired) coaches, superintendents, principals, teachers, and various professional educators. Usually the subject will be a retired AD/HFC but to keep it interesting, that’ll change from time to time.
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#39 Matt Wernecke
Matt Wernecke grew up in Wharton, Texas.  No thanks to the help from a pair of double bogey's, Matt caught the eye of the Sam Houston State University Golf Coach, where he went on to play golf in college.  After graduating, and finishing his collegiate career, Coach Wernecke began his career in education at Rice Consolidated.  Following a semester stay at Rice Cons, Coach Wernecke headed home to Wharton, where he became the head golf coach and found himself running the program fresh out of college.  After 5 successful years at home, he decided to head towards Austin and made a short stop at Pflugerville Hendrickson, prior to making a jump to lead the golf program of the Vandergrift Vipers.  As the first and only head coach in the golf program, Coach Wernecke has led both groups to state on multiple occasions, including numerous third place and runner-up finishes on the boys and girls side, and an incredible three year run of state championships for his boys program.   
38:34
May 20, 2020
#38 Callan Nokes
Callan Nokes is the Head Golf Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Westlake High School, in Austin, Texas.  Coach Nokes has coached the Chaps to 6 state titles in Golf, and 15 trips to the state tournament in 17 years!  Tune in to learn a little bit about what it takes to be a successful golf coach, and professional educator, from one of the finest in Texas!
41:59
May 19, 2020
#37 Rose Helmke
Rose Helmke grew up in San Antonio.  She attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and enjoyed taking pictures of fighter jets at Randolph Field.  Rose spent many years as an elementary educator, not only in Texas, but also in New Mexico!  Have you ever thought about being a double dipper?  Rose explains a lot about teaching in New Mexico Public Schools, but also talks about her time teaching on the Reservation at the Mescalero Apache Schools.  From the good seats of the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Dave (her husband) and Rose were able to watch the Mescalero high school basketball team win a state title, in an empty stadium.  Thanks, Coronavirus.  This episode could be really helpful to folks considering the process of "double dipping!"  Who says teachers can't go out and get some of that Social Security?  Very grateful to Rose for taking the time to share this awesome story. It's always best to use a podcast App (Apple Podcasts is great, spotify, etc.), search Tale Lights Podcast, and find the episode you like, but you may attempt to listen at the link below. Episode should be available soon!
38:53
April 12, 2020
#36 Sam Harrell
Sam Harrell grew up in Seminole, and later moved to Brownwood, where he would play football for Coach Gordon Wood.  Coach Harrell was the son of a coach, and had the privilege playing for, learning from, or coaching against, nearly every great football coach in Texas history!  He graduated from ACU and then began a career in education in Plainview.  He then went on to join Coach Wood's staff in Brownwood.  Coach Harrell took his first Head Football Coach in Reagan County, leading the Owls (Big Lake) for four successful years, prior to accepting the same position at Ennis High School.  For some listeners, the draw will be the many games Coach Harrell has won (including three state championships), and while his record is certainly incredible, the most intriguing portion of this podcast, is the moment life came crashing down as he began a struggle with MS, that removed him from the Friday Night Lights.  Coach Harrell was very fortunate to find a friend that filled him in on a procedure available in Panama.  Thanks to God, Panama, and stem cell treatment, Coach Harrell is back on the sidelines in Ennis, Texas, and the Lions are poised for great things in the future.  This episode is one for the books!
1:15:37
April 1, 2020
#34 Tale Lights Podclass Dos!
Get ready for another Podblast!  That's right, COVID-19 may keep on kicking, but so does the Tale Lights Podclass!  Enjoy this ad free version of the podcast, and satisfy the yearn to learn, woooooo!
1:01:31
March 30, 2020
#33 Rick Bachman
Rick Bachman grew up in San Angelo.  After graduating high school, he joined the Navy and set sail.  Upon returning to the San Angelo area he enrolled in college at Angelo State University.  Coach B began his career down in Alice.  After spending time in Alice, he decided to head back out west to Ozona, where he took a job in the oilfield.  After many year in the oil industry, he was brought back into education by one of our previous guests, Larry Taylor, who at the time was the Superintendent of Ozona.  Coach B eventually took a job in Beeville, before heading back out west to Fort Stockton where he would begin his administrative career as an assistant principal.  Rick eventually took on the role as middle school principal in Ozona, and then returned to Fort Stockton, where he retired from his career in education.  These days you can find him back in the oil industry.  Are you an educator that wants to know how to get into the oil industry?  If so, then listen to this episode, because we cover the two most important ways for you to do it!  Not to mention, you'll have the opportunity I received to listen to a great man tell you a lot of truth about the world of public education in the State of Texas. 
59:50
March 29, 2020
#32 Scott Hippensteel
Scott Hippensteel grew up surrounded by farm life in the State of Indiana.  Coach Hippensteel was recruited by the University of Texas for the sports of cross country and track & field..  He came to Texas and he began his career as a permanent sub at Lanier High School, prior to taking a job as a junior high coach at Leander Jr. High.  In the fall of 1988, Coach Hippensteel began a run at Lockhart that is well known and respected throughout the cross country and track & field world in the State of Texas.  Coach Hippensteel has coached numerous individuals to state championships in cross country and track.  He also coached the 1998 and 2000 Lockhart Lions Cross Country Teams to the UIL Class 4A state title, and finished 2nd or 3rd in the state on countless occasions..  We had a great discussion that goes deep into the subject of what "success" really is in running.
1:17:04
March 29, 2020
#31 Ben H. English
Ben English spent his early years in the schools of Terlingua, and graduated from Fort Stockton HS. After high school, Ben joined the United State Marines and headed for San Diego. Following his military service, Ben went to school at Angelo State and then began a career with the Texas DPS, as a State Trooper.  Ben English is one incredible man, as following more than twenty years of serving the people as a Trooper, he dove into a two years of teaching the kids criminal justice at Ozona HS. Ben and Cathy (his wife) have since moved to Alpine. and Ben has since gone on to pen the books "Yonkederlings" and "Destiny's Way" and has become a member of the Big Bend Board of Directors.  It's my pleasure to introduce to the Tale Lights Podcast listeners, a one of a kind individual, Ben H. English!  Ben English is one of the finest Americans I've ever known.  In all my stops throughout my journey, I've met few that see America, so passionately, for the great country that it is.  You can't blame us, as we do get a little off the path every once in a while discussing topical and patriotic issues throughout the extent of our discussion.
1:46:05
March 27, 2020
#30 Billy Nabours
Coach Billy Nabours spent more than two decades at Comfort High School. He was one of the most recognizable coaches in the area, and loudly supported each and every one of his runners. He had kids participate at the state meet in just about every event imaginable, along with sending boys and girls teams to state in cross country throughout the years, and a bronze medalist team in 2006. Coach Nabours recently retired and now works for the Hill Country Community Journal in Kerrville, and substitute teaches at Medina and Center Point. He spent time years ago in Angleton, Weatherford, and Big Spring, working for the local newspapers, prior to beginning his career in education that saw stops in Harper, Iredell, Weimar, and Comfort.  Coach Nabours recently became the Head Boys and Girls Track Coach at Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School in Kerrville.
1:29:03
March 26, 2020
#29 Mike Barnett
Mike Barnett grew up in Luling, TX., and coached in Luling for 31 years.  Coach Barnett coached his hometown cross country team to a UIL record, seven straight state chmapionships in cross country.  Join me as we learn a lot more about a man that did incredible things for the children of Luling!
1:28:55
March 24, 2020
#28 Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Fox grew up in the Houston area and went to Cypress Creek High School.  Go Cougars!  Coach Fox then went on to play softball at UTSA, where a small burgeoning university program, was able to crack the Top 25 (at the time the first time in history).  Coach Fox went into public education and worked in Marble Falls and Spring Branch ISD, before taking her first head softball coaching job, leading the Boerne Greyhounds to a class 4A (now 5A equivalent) state title.  We talk about the Boerne Hall of Honor, and the inductions we were privileged to be a part of.  Coach Fox left Boerne after the 2008 season, and moved on to Northeast ISD to lead the Johnson Jaguars softball team in their inaugural season.  During her time at Johnson, she's coached the team to several district titles and playoff runs.  
55:09
March 23, 2020
#27 The Tale Lights Podclass!
Join me for an ad free version of the Tale Lights Podcast that transforms into the Tale Lights Podclass! My kids are yearning for the learning and I've got the fire to keep on burning baby, woooooo! Quarantine? Coronavirus? Any of that stopping you? It might have stopped the STAAR Test, but as my students know, the value and importance of learning history goes far beyond a silly test, it's the key to freedom. The only way we remain the greatest society on earth, as free thinking and speaking citizens in the paradise of the globe, is to take the time to understand the importance and sacrifice made by those that came before us.  From the bloodshed on the battlefields, to the knock-down-drag-outs in politics, we pick up right where we left off, to ensure students receive a full-fledged, top-notch, 21st century education, that will make others around the globe, yearn for what you are about to learn! Nothing stops this train. Be ready because we're picking up right where we left off. Civil Rights in chapter 16. Don't have a book, you say? HA, I'm reading it aloud to you!!! Each edition of the Tale Lights Podclass will include a lecture (also posted on my canvas page as the Chapter 16 lecture), a read along of the textbook to follow, and life advice at the beginning. Chicka chicka, CHOOOO CHOOOOO! Let's roll!
1:09:03
March 23, 2020
#26 Greg Dick
Mr. Dick has led the Friendswood Mighty Mustang Marching Band to ten consecutive UIL State Marching Band Contests, with seven appearances in the finals, and three runner-up finishes!  The list of awards and successes for bands led by Mr. Dick are far too numerous to place in this small box, but this is certainly going to be an incredible interview with a lot of great information for those listeners that have a distinct interest in music, and for the casual listener, as well.  Mr. Dick will discuss growing up on the Gulf Coast, attending college at SHSU, and teaching at Dickinson, Clear Creek ISD (where he was district teacher of the year in 2000), and Friendswood.
1:04:02
March 17, 2020
#25 Michael O'Rourke
If you've listened to the first two episodes of the Tale Lights Podcast, you know exactly what Coach Tommy Bludau and Coach Mike Williamson had to say about the importance of junior high football in terms of their successes.  I have maintained a great relationship with "Coach O" over the years.  He brought a level of passion and excitement to school (and athletics) that can only be found in a young coach.  While he no longer coaches, he is still teaching science.  From growing up in Brackettville, TX., to his time in San Angelo attending college, we take a fun (and in-depth) look at his time working with some of the kids that would go on to be one of Boerne's best groups ever on the football field, to stints in Fredericksburg, Lake Travis, Mc Collum (Harlandale ISD), Floresville, and Smithson Valley.  Boerne Middle School was full of great teachers and coaches growing up, and many of them have become lifelong friends of mine.  Coach O is certainly one that I've been very fortunate to stay in touch with.  And you already know we talked a little Spooky Science!  Talk about guts!
43:06
March 14, 2020
#24 Richard Herbst
Richard Herbst was born and raised in Boerne, Texas.  In his basketball coaching career, he amassed a record of 699-336  After a brief stint in Texas Public Education, Coach Herbst went on to coach men's and women's basketball at the collegiate level.  Coach Herbst was an assistant at Colorado State University, the head men's coach at Schreiner College (now Schreiner University) the head men's coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and returned to Schreiner as the athletic director and head women's basketball coach.  After several years at the collegiate level, Coach Herbst decided it was time to go home.  He accepted the girls basketball job in Boerne, where he would lead the Lady Hounds to a state-semifinals appearance.  We discuss all that, his time as head coach in Copperas Cove and Clark High School (San Antonio), and much much more!  
1:29:39
March 13, 2020
#23 Brent Kornegay
Join me as we hop in the truck of current George West ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Brent Kornegay.  We will be talking Devine, Llano, Orange Grove, Yoakum, and George West.  What it's like coaching in your hometown.  We talk about college at Texas Lutheran University, the importance of coaching junior high first, and some of the most fun we had was talking about the Yoakum-Cuero rivalry, and so much more.  Coach Kornegay is an outstanding athletic director and with over 115 wins as a head football coach in 17 seasons.
40:46
February 17, 2020
#22 Floyd Ciruti
Floyd Ciruti grew up in Baytown, Texas.  He went to college at Sam Houston State University, where he was an All-American Center Fielder. After his playing days were behind him, he continued his passion for the game of baseball by becoming the head baseball coach of the Wharton Tigers. Leading the Tigers to the State Tournament, more than 500 wins, and the playoffs more than 25 times in 33 years, Coach Ciruti was able to build a Hall of Fame coaching resume, while being a great husband and father at the same time. These days you can find Coach Ciruti on a fishing boat in Matagorda Bay.  If you mention the podcast when you contact Captain Ciruti, you'll be in line for a discount.  For more info, visit: https://www.gofishmatagorda.com/
49:05
January 3, 2020
#21 Walt Wendtland
Walt Wendtland grew up in Rosenberg, Texas, and went on to play baseball for Wharton County Junior College and Mississippi State, prior to taking a position as a teacher and coach in Bay City, Texas. Coach Wendtland went on to an administrative career that involved stops at Lamar Consolidated and Yoakum, prior to returning to Bay City and finishing his career as the principal of Bay City High School. These days you can find Coach Wendtland on a fishing boat in Matagorday Bay, or teeing off at the Rio Colorado Golf Course. If you mention that you listened to the episode, you'll be in line for a discount the next time you come down to Matagorda and use him as your fishing guide. For more info, visit: https://www.gofishmatagorda.com/
35:06
January 1, 2020
#20 Chuck Foster
In this episode I sit down with Boerne - Samuel V. Champion Head Baseball Coach, Chuck Foster. We start off in Pampa and head out to Odessa during his childhood, before moving on to the Houston suburb of Deer Park, San Jacinto College, Clemson University, and then a return home to coach all kinds of sports back at Deer Park. In 2002, Chuck Foster would make a big move into the head coaching world and take over the helm of the Boerne Greyhounds, where in 2004 they would capture the UIL Class 4A Championship. Join us for a great career retrospective that includes a lot of discussion of growing up in Houston during the 80s, a magical baseball journey, and continued success today as the Head Coach of The Champion Chargers. We dig deep into the weeds, discuss lots of former Boerne players, and forever memorialize a tremendous career in education. Want to know what it takes to be a great assistant? Woooo! Wait until we tell you about some of the great qualities of longtime assistant coach, John Uecker. So, put on your helmet and step up to the plate, because this episode of the Tale Lights Podcast is guaranteed to be great.
1:09:29
December 24, 2019
#19 Dub Farris
We reach back to humble beginnings in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to a career as the Head Football Coach at Odessa High, San Antonio Marshall, and Dickinson, all the way to becoming an athletic administrator with Round Rock and NISD, we cover it all! The name of Coach Dub Farris is easily recognizable because of the thousands of people that fill Farris Stadium on a regular basis, not to mention the many that drive by the beautiful facility (located along 1604 in San Antonio) on a daily basis. It was a real pleasure and honor to take an hour to listen in to stories from the career of a Texas High School Football Coaching Legend, as we traveled all throughout the State of Texas.
57:22
September 30, 2019
Tale Lights #18 Alan Rich
Alan Rich was elected to the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees in 2006. Prior to that, he grew up in San Antonio, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Alan then went on to Abilene Christian, before returning to the area and become an elected member of the Boerne ISD School Board. Alan is the last remaining board member that I served with, and following the completion of his current term, will have 15 years experience on the BISD Board. We'll be talking about all kind of things school board related, as well as, Alan's background, family, and much, much more!
47:43
August 26, 2019
Tale Lights #17 Devlyn Lovell
Coach Devlyn Lovell has coached teams at the Antonian College Preparatory High School to 15 state championships. We will be talking all about the TAPPS world and in the middle of two runs at Antonian, we'll talk about Coach Lovell's transition to the college world, before coming back to the high school level. Track and Field fans will want to listen closely, as well as those coaches out there that often think about the college ranks. We'll go deep into the process of making what is practically a career change, as we follow Coach Lovell's career from San Antonio all the way out to New Mexico and back. We'll talk all about his time running in college and going to Thomas C. Clark High School in San Antonio... What was that area even like before they built the rim and La Cantera? We can't wait to hear it all!
1:51:33
August 25, 2019
Tale Lights #16 Dr. Robert Zayas
Coach Zayas coached me twenty years ago in the eighth grade, when I was a snot-nosed little punk in the jr. high at Boerne Middle School! Believe me, I was not easy to deal with! Fast-forward two decades later and this man is in charge of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (or what we call the "UIL" here in Texas). Coach spent a couple of years in Texas Public Education as a teacher and coach in Boerne and at Pflugerville Connally, prior to heading to New Mexico to work on his PhD. He ended up landing a job that lasted ten year with the New Mexico Activities Association (Similar to UIL), prior to taking a chance at the Executive Director role with the NYSPHSAA, and landing the job! We'll be talking all about Athletic Administration and what it takes to be in that line of work for our listeners that are interested in that particular area.
42:45
August 6, 2019
Tale Lights #15 Steve Van Meter
Coach Steve Van Meter spent the majority of his career as the Head Football Coach of the Friendswood Mustangs, a program that has only known four different head football coaches in it's entire 60+ year existence. "Coach Van" not only coached the mustangs for twenty years, but he also played on the 1973 Friendswood team that won the state championship, under Coach Henry Winston. In his twenty years at Friendswood, Coach Van Meter won more than 185 games in twenty-five total years as a head coach. He led teams to the State Semifinals on two occasions, and the quarterfinals three times while in Friendswood. Coach Van went on to Hutto and led the Hippos to the State Quarterfinals, as well. You won't want to miss this episode!
1:29:36
July 29, 2019
Tale Lights #14 Russell Hawkins
One of the few reporters I've ever liked!  Russell Hawkins has photographed some of the best athletes and biggest events in Texas sports.  We'll be talking about his time in the USMC, officiating football games out in El Paso, covering the Sun Bowl, and so much more!  Mr. Hawkins is a quiet and very humble man, and I can't wait for this sit-down interview to start chipping away at the great stories of a man that has been an unsung hero in making high school athletes feel like a big deal for a long time... whether they were a big deal or not.  Coming this weekend!  
1:15:52
June 21, 2019
Tale Lights #13 Stan Leech
Stan Leech is very unique in the State of Texas. Most ADs are head football coaches, but when Stan Leech got the chance to assume the Athletic Director position in Boerne, he orchestrated an era of unmatched athletic success in the small community by hiring quality coaches, supporting all programs, and loving kids, which ultimately led to levels of achievement beyond any era in Boerne history. You won't want to miss out on a podcast that is sure to include some great Sam Champion stories, and many stories about some of the best times in Boerne history, including his start in Yorktown working under episode #1 guest, Tommy Bludau. Coach Leech amassed over 800 wins as a head basketball coach and took teams in Boerne to the state tournament on two separate occasions, with a state runner-up team in 1990. Coming this weekend!
1:20:43
June 21, 2019
Tale Lights #12 Bill Sultenfuss
Lt. Col. Bill Sultenfuss is a retired United States Marine and retired public educator.  When I moved to Boerne in 1996, living on Park Place created great opportunities to make friends such as, Chris Lowry, Brad Henson, and Matt Beaman, which led to a highly rational fear of the scary old guy who usually screamed at us, "Get out of my yard!", while dropping passes by the tree he had planted in our South Endzone (AKA the start of his yard).  Coach Sultenfuss coached track, football, and taught numerous classes at Boerne High.  He was our world geography teacher in 9th grade and while his style may have seemed crass to some, he typically offered a harsh dose of reality to each of our individual deficiencies.  The style he used, one might say, has become obsolete in our over-sensitized country, which is a shame, because it was often a great motivator to be laughed at for failing math.  With three older brothers, I definitely understood what his angle was and was so fortunate to have been taught by Coach Sultenfuss.  I later passed math.  
45:46
June 20, 2019
Tale Lights #11 Dave Fulkerson
Dave Fulkerson was the cross country coach at Boerne High School and Boerne - Samuel V. Champion High School, where he led teams to six state championships and the 2009 Nike Cross National Championship. Tune in to hear about his upbringing in Oregon, a state title in Hawaii, and much much more!
1:24:17
June 20, 2019
Tale Lights #10.2 Bob Ledbetter
His Texas Sports Hall of Fame Biography says it all! http://www.tshof.org/about/thsfhof/details/index.html?staff_id=846 Three state titles, three perfect seasons, the 1991 tie in the semifinals, and everything else one might imagine. This will be a podcast you can't possibly afford to miss.
57:48
June 7, 2019
Tale Lights #10.1 Bob Ledbetter
His Texas Sports Hall of Fame Biography says it all! http://www.tshof.org/about/thsfhof/details/index.html?staff_id=846 Three state titles, three perfect seasons, the 1991 tie in the semifinals, and everything else one might imagine. This will be a podcast you can't possibly afford to miss.
47:24
June 7, 2019
Tale Lights #9.2 Paul Talbert
Coach Paul Talbert was the Head Football Coach in Palestine Westwood, Tuloso-Midway, Wall, Comfort, Malakoff, and Gorman. Coach Talbert led the Comfort Bobcats to 80 wins in 8 years, multiple appearances in the quarterfinals and semifinals, and an athletic program that was experiencing a great deal of success. All this success in a place that had previously won a single playoff game in the history of the high school football program. Join us as we take an in depth look at the career of Coach Talbert and the rise of the Bobcats! From his humble beginnings working in a meat packing factory after high school and saving money in a Skippy peanut butter jar so that he could attend school at Ranger JC, we load up a banana box and enjoy a wild two hour journey, that sees his time coaching in the college ranks, signing a two year contract with the Houston Oilers, and takes us through the life and career of Coach Paul Talbert.
1:13:40
June 4, 2019
Tale Lights #9.1 Paul Talbert
Coach Paul Talbert was the Head Football Coach in Palestine Westwood, Tuloso-Midway, Wall, Comfort, Malakoff, and Gorman. Coach Talbert led the Comfort Bobcats to 80 wins in 8 years, multiple appearances in the quarterfinals and semifinals, and an athletic program that was experiencing a great deal of success. All this success in a place that had previously won a single playoff game in the history of the high school football program. Join us as we take an in depth look at the career of Coach Talbert and the rise of the Bobcats! From his humble beginnings working in a meat packing factory after high school and saving money in a Skippy peanut butter jar so that he could attend school at Ranger JC, we load up a banana box and enjoy a wild two hour journey, that sees his time coaching in the college ranks, signing a two year contract with the Houston Oilers, and takes us through the life and career of Coach Paul Talbert.
59:43
June 4, 2019
Tale Lights #8.3 Danny Threadgill
Danny Threadgill is a retired educator that served as Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Head Track Coach, and numerous other positions. Hear all about his upbringing in Houston, TX., where his brother raised the cougar mascot for the University of Houston, his move to Omaha, return to Texas, time at Tarleton State, and career that went through Yorktown, Bruceville-Eddy, and Boerne. Coach Threadgill is truly the cream of the crop!
1:32:52
June 1, 2019
Tale Lights #8.2 Danny Threadgill
Danny Threadgill is a retired educator that served as Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Head Track Coach, and numerous other positions. Hear all about his upbringing in Houston, TX., where his brother raised the cougar mascot for the University of Houston, his move to Omaha, return to Texas, time at Tarleton State, and career that went through Yorktown, Bruceville-Eddy, and Boerne. Coach Threadgill is truly the cream of the crop!
1:54:50
June 1, 2019
Tale Lights #8.1 Danny Threadgill
Danny Threadgill is a retired educator that served as Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Head Track Coach, and numerous other positions. Hear all about his upbringing in Houston, TX., where his brother raised the cougar mascot for the University of Houston, his move to Omaha, return to Texas, time at Tarleton State, and career that went through Yorktown, Bruceville-Eddy, and Boerne. Coach Threadgill is truly the cream of the crop!
1:30:10
June 1, 2019
Tale Lights #7 Paul Darden
Paul Darden has coached the Sundown HS Cross Country Teams for nearly two decades. Most people have bought a dozen roses, a dozen eggs, or a 12 pack of soda... but how many can say they they’ve won a dozen state championships in the sport they coach? Paul can! With six state titles on the boys side, and six on the girls side, Paul Darden’s story is one you won’t want to miss! Growing up in Midland, attending school at Texas Tech, a stint in San Antonio, another in Tomball, and then long stay in the Oil Patch, catch it all right here!
1:12:16
May 22, 2019
Tale Lights #4.2 Larry Taylor
Saddle up! As we take a ride with retired superintendent, Larry Taylor! Episode 4.2 is now available. Read more about Larry Taylor and other upcoming guests at: www.talelightspodcast.com/podcast-interviews This is part two of a multi-part interview. We’re a couple of talkers, so who knows how many “parts” there will be! We go deep into the jungles of education, while also discussing a career in administration that spanned many decades. We talk about the history of education finance, school board member and superintendent relations, and so much more!
1:41:32
May 6, 2019
Tale Lights #6 - Mike Chaney
Coach Chaney was a Head Football Coach at Whiteface, Era, Bowie, and Alvord, Coach Chaney then went to work for John Fellows at Iraan, before later being a coordinator on a state runner-up football team at Iraan, alongside Head Coach Mark Kirchoff. We discuss the season that included tragedy and triumph in Iraan, TX., the abundance of tumbleweeds out in the region of Whiteface, the historic 11 win season in Era, TX., along with the first (non-tie breaker assisted) playoff victory in school history, a challenging transition to a larger classification, and a great run in Alvord that includes two memorable playoff games against Goldthwaite. Tune in to listen to each and every step of Coach Chaney's career.
1:26:52
May 6, 2019
Tale Lights #3 - Ron Mills
Ron Mills retired from education in 1993 in the land of Blue Bell Ice Cream, Brenham, TX. Coach Mills enjoyed a career that started in Groom, went on to Panhandle, over to Canyon, and then down to the gulf coast where he became the Head Football Coach of the Bay City Blackcats. Coach Mills led the the Blackcats to the 1979 State Championship game and lost. However, in 1983 the Blackcats came roaring back to finally achieve the grand prize, a class 4A State Title. Listen and hear stories about Hart Lee Dykes, Joe DeLoach, and a head coaching career that spanned from 1965-1993 with nearly 200 total wins.
1:51:38
May 4, 2019
Tale Lights #5 - Cagen Chaney and the CDL
Do you have coaches on your staff that need to get a CDL? Do they not even know where to begin? Join Cagen Chaney and I as we walk through the process of getting the CDL in this day and age. Coach Chaney has been teaching and coaching for two years and we promise to have some helpful and enjoyable stories about the process of obtaining a CDL, for the purpose of driving a school bus, in the State of Texas. Not only that, but he (and his wife) Amanda have a brand new baby girl, Birdie Jo Chaney. We take a little bit of time at the end to discuss the balance of teaching, coaching, and being a new parent.
32:40
May 4, 2019
Tale Lights #4.1 Larry Taylor
Saddle up! As we take a ride with retired superintendent, Larry Taylor! Episode 4.1 is now available. You will notice an improvement in the sound quality, as we recorded it in different locations, both using the anchor app. Read more about Larry Taylor and other upcoming guests at: www.talelightspodcast.com/podcast-interviews 4.2 is also now available and we will be recording 4.3 in the future. We’re a couple of talkers, so I doubt there’s an end in sight. We go deep into the jungles of educations while digging into the experiences of Mr. Taylor’s career, and portions of my own, as well. We talk about the history of education finance, accountability, building relationships with students, and so much more!
1:51:16
May 2, 2019
Tale Lights #2.1 - Mike Williamson pt. 1
In this episode I sat down with retired head football coach and athletic director, Mike Williamson. Coach Williamson spent ten years in Bandera that culminated in the 2002 State Championship, in a double overtime thriller against Midland Greenwood, after entering the playoffs as the third seed. Coach Williamson and I discuss his career that spanned more than three decades, across Orange Grove, Pearsall, Eldorado, Devine, Carrizo Springs, Laredo United, La Pryor, Uvalde, and Bandera.
2:26:32
April 15, 2019
Tale Lights #2.2 - Mike Williamson pt. 2
In this episode I sat down with retired head football coach and athletic director, Mike Williamson. Coach Williamson spent ten years in Bandera that culminated in the 2002 State Championship, in a double overtime thriller against Midland Greenwood, after entering the playoffs as the third seed. Coach Williamson and I discuss his career that spanned more than three decades, across Orange Grove, Pearsall, Eldorado, Devine, Carrizo Springs, Laredo United, La Pryor, Uvalde, and Bandera.
3:04:27
April 15, 2019
Tale Lights #1 - Tommy Bludau
In this episode I sat down with retired head football coach and athletic director, Tommy Bludau. Coach Bludau spent thirty-five years in Yorktown, Columbus, Boerne, and Schulenburg, thirty-one as the head football coach, and twenty-five as the athletic director. Coach Bludau won 240 games and coached numerous notable players and made history in several spots, on his way to a total of 240 wins as a Texas High School Football Coach, which has him currently sitting as tied for 37th all-time.
2:35:07
April 15, 2019
Tale Lights Podcast Intro
Erik Thormaehlen is an educator in the State of Texas that has served as a teacher, coach, high school principal, and elected school board member. Learn a little about his background before tuning into his various interviews with other educators, often athletic director/head football coaches, but occasionally guests will have different backgrounds (superintendents, principals, school board members, teachers, etc.)
01:13
April 1, 2019