Special to the Journal
Longtime University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football assistant coach David Branscom is leaving the program after 17 years of involvement with Cru football, head coach Pete Fredenburg announced today. Branscom has resigned to accept a position as the defensive coordinator at San Antonio Brandeis High School.
Branscom transferred to UMHB in time for the inaugural season of Cru football in 1998, but sat out that season. He then played two years as a tight end for UMHB and earned All-Conference honors as a senior. Branscom joined the Cru coaching staff as a student assistant and graduate assistant, spending three seasons in that role before he was promoted to full-time assistant. He spent two years as head coach of the UMHB junior varsity program, work with the Cru strength and conditioning program and coached linebackers during his time as an assistant. Bransom was promoted to Special Teams Coordinator prior to the 2014 season and continued his work with the linebackers last season, as well. During Branscom’s tenure with the Cru, five UMHB linebackers won American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors, including current Indianapolis Colts standout Jerrell Freeman.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye to someone who has been here since the inception of the program and has been such an essential part of the Crusader football family,” Fredenburg said. “We hate to see him go, but we are so proud to see him have this opportunity to move on in his career and he has earned this chance for himself and his family. We are pleased to see guys go out and make a name for themselves in their careers as coaches and we are very appreciative to David for his many contributions to our football program over the past 17 years.”
Branscom graduated from UMHB in 2001 with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He earned a Master’s Degree in education administration from UMHB in 2003. David and his wife, Courtney, have two sons, Aidan and Max. The search for a replacement will begin immediately.
The Cru went 11-1 last season and won its 12th ASC title with a 5-0 league mark. UMHB advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Championships before falling to Linfield College. The Cru advanced to the NCAA Division III postseason 13 times during Branscom’s time with the program.