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San Angelo ISD names Kevin Crane as new Central HS athletic coordinator/head football coach

Crane was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Bobcats before the promotion to head coach.
Credit: Laray Sonnenberg Russell

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The San Angelo Independent School District announced Thursday morning that Coach Kevin Crane has been named the new athletic director for Central High School Bobcat athletics and head football coach.

This promotion of Crane from assistant head coach and offensive coordinator to the head leadership role creates continuity for current Bobcat football players as they begin preparations for the 2021-2022 season as well as maintains focus on building a legacy of success, an SAISD release said.

Crane has most recently served as the interim campus athletic coordinator and head football coach. 

“We are excited to name Coach Crane as the new Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach at San Angelo Central High School. His leadership, integrity and dedication to the Bobcat program is second to none,” SAISD Executive Director of Athletics Rodney Chant said in the release. “Through Coach Crane’s leadership we believe that we will continue to sustain our success and take the program to the next level.” 

Crane has spent 12 record-setting years helping to develop the Bobcats with his predecessor and mentor, Coach Brent Davis, who announced his departure in January.

When the pair joined Central High School in 2009, the football program was coming off a 0-10 losing streak, and together they rebuilt the program and transformed the Bobcats back into a winning Class 6-A program. 

Crane's success includes 22 playoff games, eight bi-district championships, eight area championships, four regional championship appearances, and seven district championship titles. The offense under his leadership also holds every offensive record at Central.

Crane’s philosophy is “to build the total program,” he said in the release. “Citizenship, Scholarship, and Sportsmanship are the key ingredients to building not only a successful athletic program but also successful kids. It is my goal to continue to unite this community behind a championship athletic program that is built around supportive and competent coaches, sound and consistent principles and techniques, genuine parental involvement, and young people who are striving to become productive citizens by conducting themselves with class and character for the rest of their lives.” 

Crane’s many successes and accolades include the distinguished honor of election to the Region II Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) in 2019, and the development of several All-State offensive player selections with three players receiving state-wide Built Ford Tough Offensive Player of the Week awards and seven players receiving district offensive most valuable player awards.  

Looking forward, Crane has his sights not only on continuing the success on the football, field but in all areas of Bobcats athletics.  

“I am confident that we have only scratched the surface of success for Bobcat Athletics. I have a well-organized plan to lead Bobcat Athletics to a new championship level in all sports,” Crane said. 

The Bobcat football staff and players were informed of Crane’s promotion in a team meeting Thursday morning. 

RELATED: Central Bobcats football head coach Brent Davis leaving San Angelo ISD