Former Copperas Cove ISD athletic director and head football coach Jack Alvarez announced in February that he would be leaving the program to join Cuero for the same position. With that announcement came speculation on who might be hired to take his position with Copperas Cove. A little over a month later, we have an answer as the Bulldawgs look internally and hire Jason Hammett.
Hammett arrived at CCISD two years ago alongside Alvarez. In his two seasons, he’s seen both triumph and heartbreak for the program. In 2018, the team rallied late in the season to make playoffs; 2019 saw a season that only had three wins. Hammett spent those two seasons as the assistant coach and an assistant athletic director.
“The most attractive thing about this job is that I’ll get to continue the work that we’ve been putting in over the last two years. It’s about the kids.” Hammett said in an interview with Fox 4 News. Hammett looks forward to building a dominant program and bringing a new sense of hope for a playoffs-bound season.
Hammett doesn’t plan to make many changes to the offense, but recognizes that fans can expect to see small changes as the kids won’t be the same kids year end and year out. “If you go back and look at [Alvarez’s] stuff, it changes when you have different kids in different situations.”
Hammett acknowledges the fact that he is facing adversity during these uncertain times. With no real idea on when teams will officially be able to practice again, COVID-19 has halted spring practices- especially with the UIL banning all athletic activities until at least May 4.
“The main thing is going to be our work ethic.” Hammett said. “Just a little success will breed even more success. Then, that will create confidence. So, I’m looking forward to getting back to work with these guys.” Hammett said in regards to being prepared to hit the ground running as soon as they’re able to resume practicing and preparing for the 2020 football season.