CAPTION: Richard Scales, who is demonstrating what he wants to see from athletes who are performing a specific lift, is the new offensive coordinator and co-offensive line coach. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
Marble Falls High School football head coach Brian Herman announced staffing changes to the Mustangs’ 2023-24 staff.
Richard Scales has been promoted to offensive coordinator and will coach the offensive line along with David Griffin.
“Coach Scales is one of my early hires,” said Herman, who is entering his fifth year with the Mustangs. “He’s been loyal all the way through. He’s been instrumental in helping (Marble Falls Youth Football and Cheer) adopt the Slot-T offense. Coach Scales has passion for what we do.”
Herman also pointed out that Scales has built a positive rapport with the offensive linemen over the years through the track and field program. Scales serves as the discus and shot put coach, and many of the linemen compete in those events.
Scales, who also will continue to serve as the athletic program’s strength and conditioning coach, spent the 2022 football season working on the defensive side of the ball.
“The defensive preparation is intense,” Herman said. “Offensively, for what we do, so much of our staff is based in it. It’s more about the kids understanding their roles and are our kids prepared.”
Scales replaces Robert Draper, who became the football head coach and athletic director at Florence High School. Draper, who is considered the authority when it comes to Slot-T offensive lines, was seeking another shot at being a head coach and had interviewed for positions the last couple of years at different schools.
“You can’t replace coach Draper,” Herman said. “I felt like (Scales) has enough experience and passion for the Slot-T that it was a (great) move.”
In addition to his football duties last year, Scales spent time talking to each head coach and developing a strength and conditioning plan for each sport that helped the athletes transform their bodies to take the punishment of in-season competition and watched as the department claimed four district titles and two runners-up finishes. He worked closely with Austin Silva in creating the summer strength and conditioning program for the Mustangs and Lady Mustangs. Scales oversees the weightlifting program, while Silva is in charge of the speed and conditioning portion.
Scales also serves as the boys powerlifting head coach and guided the Mustangs to the state championship of the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters April 22. As a result, the Mustangs have earned the right to represent Texas at the world meet in Las Vegas in December.
Another staffing addition is Philip Aguinaga, who will coach running backs with Cody Remore.
Herman said Aguinaga “believes in what we’re doing.”
“Coach Aguinaga has wing-T offense and running back experience,” he said.
Herman also is added more responsibilities to himself, opting to go back to the offensive side of the ball.
“I’ll be more involved with the offense,” he said. “I’ll be taking up more game planning and game calling. (Scales) will be managing coaches and personnel. I’ll work on game plans with him. I had given coach Draper more play-calling duties. I didn’t want to lose him. I’ve had the title of coordinator but not play calling. It gets frustrating. I kept trying to give him more and more. He got his opportunity.”
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