Boys Athletic Director Brandon Layne is leaving the La Vernia Independent School District for Ferris ISD near Dallas, after only a year at the helm here. But it’s not because he doesn’t like La Vernia, he assured the community in a letter shared by the district online May 4. His last day in La Vernia was May 6.
“I would first like to thank you for the opportunity you have given me and my family in La Vernia,” Layne wrote. “This past year has been awesome to see the culture of an entire Athletic Program and community shift in a positive manner. Much of this shift is thanks to the support you and LVISD have given me, along with our shared vision. It saddens me to tell you that I will be resigning my position as Boys Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.”
“... This was not part of my plans, but part of the plan that God has for my family.”
Layne led the Bears last fall to a 5-0 run to end their regular season and an overall record of 7-5, falling to Gatesville in the area playoff. He accepted the position of athletic director/head football coach for Ferris ISD, a 4A suburb of Dallas. The former offensive coordinator for Ennis High School, he helped lead the Lions to a Class 5A DII state championship before joining La Vernia last April.
“This move is 100 percent about improving my family’s being,” he said. “This opportunity was presented to me without me searching for one. I genuinely struggled with the decision to even consider it due to all of the positive we have in La Vernia. At the end of the day I felt it would be selfish of me to turn my back on all of the benefits this provides for my family. Again, I thank you graciously from the bottom of my heart for embracing me and the support you have given me to serve you and your kids.”
As Layne prepared for his departure, Superintendent Josť Moreno stepped in to make the transition for the district seamless, appointing Assistant Basketball Coach Scott Grubb as interim head football coach. Grubb will also work with the boys athletics as the district prepares for the 2016-17 school year.
“Coach Grubb is an incredible teacher and coach, who we are confident will continue to elevate our boys athletic program by implementing high levels of accountability, character development, scholarship, and athleticism,” Moreno said.