A total of two new coaching hires were recently announced by the Bullard Panther athletic department for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year by Bullard ISD Athletic Director Scott Callaway.
According to Callaway, Travon Brown, a native of Whitehouse, was recently hired to coach the Panther football team’s defensive line, as well as discus and shot put events for the Panther and Lady Panther track and field teams.
“I am very excited to be at Bullard ISD as a coach,” said Brown. “I’m from the area and have heard nothing but great things about Bullard ISD and Bullard’s athletic program. Bullard has a lot of great athletes with limitless potential. Also, with Bullard football being in a new district for the next two years, it should be smooth sailing. It’s been tough on the team the past two years in the previous district, but I’m excited to be a part of Panther Athletics and ready to get going.”
Brown is a Class of 2000 graduate from Whitehouse High School. After graduating, Brown received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Ruston, La., as an inside and outside linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle. While at Louisiana Tech, Brown received undergraduate degrees in sociology and psychology.
Before coming to Bullard ISD, Brown spent a total of 12 years at Whitehouse ISD, coaching defensive line, linebackers, and offensive line, as well as shot put and discus for track and field and a coach for Whitehouse’s powerlifting team.
Brown is married to his wife and college sweetheart, Renee Brown, who teaches seventh grade science at Boulter Middle School in Tyler ISD. The Browns have four children: twin girls Tierra and Sierra Brown, who will be juniors; Tresean, a sixth grader; and Samuel, an incoming second grader.
He is the younger brother of Lawaylon Brown, a former Oklahoma State University football player who went on to play with the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, and Minnesota Vikings.
Also hired by Callaway this summer was Robby May, who will serve as a secondary coach for the Panther football team, as well as the head coach for the boys powerlifting team in the 2018-2019 season.
“I’m real excited to be here,” said May. “I’ve been to a lot of other schools, but I’ve always heard great things about Bullard. I felt that there’s just something about East Texas and families. Out of all the schools I’ve been to, Bullard feels like an exact mix of two other schools I’ve previously coached at. Also, with the town growing, you have the mixing of the ‘old Bullard’ and ‘new Bullard’ -- it seems like a great environment for families to be in, and that’s why we’re here.”
May graduated from Salado High School as a part of the Class of 1997, and then went on to play outside linebacker for the University of Mary Hardin Baylor Crusaders in Belton, while also earning a degree in exercise and sports science.
Afterwards, May became the head strength and conditioning coach at UMHB, followed by stops at Austin College in Sherman, Dennison, Elysian Fields, Rusk, Little Elm, Prosper, and Elkhart. He recently came to Bullard ISD after his second stop at Rusk High School.
May is married to his wife, Tracy, who will also be a teacher in Bullard ISD next school year. The Mays have three children: Brayden, an incoming seventh grader; Kylin, entering sixth grade; and Judson, who will start Kindergarten.
According to Callaway, the addition of both Brown and May to the Panther athletic coaching staff will be beneficial to the athletic program overall.
“We’re excited to have Coach Brown and Coach May as a part of our staff,” said Callaway. “More than anything, they’ve come as highly recommended men of character and kid-magnets, so they will definitely become assets to our athletic program. They’re already working during the summer at our strength and conditioning camp, which allows them to get to know the athletes and for the athletes to get to know them, as well. They’ve jumped right in headfirst – good coaches want to get involved as soon as they can to begin to build that rapport with their athletes.”