These are historic times for the Sinton football program. A legendary coach is retiring and a former star player is returning.
Michael Troutman, who played for the Pirates back in the early 1990s, recently was hired as the school’s new football coach and athletic director.
He’s been on campus for about a week now. And to say he’s excited is an understatement.
Troutman will be filling the shoes of the great Tom Allen, who spent the past 12 years leading the Pirates to numerous district titles and playoff appearances.
Allen will stay on until late August, helping Troutman get adjusted to his new position.
Allen thinks that Troutman is the perfect choice to lead the Pirates. And Troutman says returning to Sinton is the apex of his career.
“Having the opportunity to come back and give back to the high school that gave so much to you and to step back onto Pirate Field not as a player but as a coach this time is the dream job I always wanted,” Troutman said. “I always pictured myself being able to do that and I’m excited about it, excited to wear that never-ending S again. And to see those kids strap on that helmet with the never-ending S and to go out there and represent the community of Sinton, and the high school.”
Replacing Allen will be a big challenge for Troutman.
“I have the utmost respect for Coach Allen,” Troutman said. “When I took this job and found out about Coach Allen, my heart went out for him, my heart went out for the community of Sinton and I wanted to be here.
“It’s a privilege to work with Coach Allen and have him as my mentor.”