The administration at Bullard Independent School District announced last week the hiring of the newest program within the district’s athletic department.
In a press release sent out by Bullard ISD Communications Specialist Laura Jones on Wednesday, June 7, the district announced the hiring of Darren Vossler as the first head coach of the Bullard High School Panther boys soccer program.
“We are pleased to welcome Coach Vossler to BHS,” said Scott Callaway, Bullard ISD athletic director. “His soccer experience, both as a player and coach, and his dedication to instill character in our student athletes will be an asset to Bullard ISD athletics. We are eager to get the boys’ soccer program up and running and Vossler will be a great addition to the Bullard ISD community.”
The newly created Bullard Panther soccer program was approved unanimously by the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees during the board’s regular scheduled meeting held Monday, Jan. 9. As Bullard ISD trustees voted by a show of hands on the measure, the capacity-filled room erupted into cheers and celebration.
With a petition to the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees signed by over 400 residents of Bullard, the plan for soccer programs at BHS made its way in front of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees initially in January 2016, but was defeated due to lack of votes.
Despite the defeat of the measure in 2016, Bullard ISD continued to research the necessary information regarding the addition of the program at a future date, including conducting a student interest survey, gathering community feedback, and collecting information from the UIL.
In their approval of the BHS boys and girls soccer programs this year, trustees voted to begin the Bullard High School boys soccer program as a club soccer team, while the girls soccer program, also approved in the measure in the January meeting, as a University interscholastic League competitive team.
According to Bullard ISD Superintendent Todd Schneider, the reason behind the split in competitive leagues is due to more of an interest presented for the girls soccer program, while wanting the boys program to continue to grow.
Bullard ISD announced the hiring of Season Caughlin as the head coach of the Bullard Lady Panther soccer program on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
According to the press release, Vossler has been a teacher for three and a half years, with a focus on special education. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from University of Texas at Tyler, and will graduate with his Master degree in educational administration from Lamar University in July.
Vossler also has experience playing the sport of soccer, having participated at the collegiate level while attending East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.
As a coach, Vossler has coached in the sports of football, basketball, track, and baseball, with his most recent position as the high school soccer varsity assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at Medina Valley ISD in Castroville.
Prior to his time with Medina Valley ISD, Vossler was the varsity assistant football coach and middle school head football coach at Dilley High School and Dilley Middle School. He was also the middle school sports coordinator and coached basketball and track at the middle school.
“My family and I are really excited for this opportunity to be a part of Bullard ISD, “said Vossler. “Soccer is my passion and I’ve been blessed to be playing since high school. I am looking forward to starting and growing the boys’ soccer program. To me, coaching isn’t just about sports. It’s about teaching athletes to become successful young men and women that will represent their family and community well.”
Vossler has been married to Katie Vossler for 4 years, and has a daughter, Grace.