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Signs are good as BISD names new athletic director

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer & BISD staf

With a unanimous vote of the Bandera ISD board Monday evening, March 25, the district named David Sine as its new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. Sine comes to Bandera from Columbus ISD where he served in the same position. Prior to Columbus, he worked in both the Sonora ISD and Flatonia ISD.
He has spent 21 years as a coach, 13 of those years as an AD and head football coach.
Sine is excited to be working with Bandera's students and the community and has had a personal goal of returning to this area.
"We [the Sine family] had visited Bandera when there was a previous opening and when we pulled up in front of the administration building, a deer walked across the street. We wanted to be here as soon as we saw that!" Sine told the board Monday.
However, the "signs" were not quite right for the Sine family at that time.
Now, he is doubly enthusiastic to be working in a district that he and his family have wanted to be in for a long time. "I've been in this business for 21 years," he said, "and I know if it's a good fit, you feel it, and it's a good fit for the Sine family."
Sine's wife and two children accompanied him to Bandera Monday to find out if the board would offer him the contract. "You know, they could vote not to hire me," he said to his daughter while the board met in executive session. "Oh, no!" she replied, obviously dismayed.
Sine believes in instilling personal discipline and emphasizes the importance of mental awareness in his athletes. His objective is to develop a work ethic that will make men and women more successful later in life while still having fun.
"I'm all about showing respect, but also about having fun," he said. "Our kids are going to work their tails off and we'll have fun, but we'll do it right."
He believes in being an all around athletic director, focusing on all areas, from middle school to high school, boys and girls, and all sports. Sine says it is important to develop the complete athlete, and then the success will follow.
"I saw this big kid today and asked him if he played football, and he said no, and I told him, 'Well, you'll be playing April 3!'" Sine said.
The coach has developed a program he calls Bigger, Faster, Stronger for boys and Leaner, Faster, Stronger for girls, and he is hugely enthusiastic about getting all of his athletes started on the program, which will include his daughter, a weight-lifter.
Sine's philosophy of tough, hard-hitting West Texas football led Sonora's Broncos to an undefeated District 13-2A title in 2011 and a trip to the Class 2A State Quarterfinals. In 2010 and 2011, he was selected the District 13-2A Coach of the Year. In 2011 he coached the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Player. From 2009-2012 he produced All-State quarterbacks using the Sine System. He took Sonora from a 2-8 record in 2009 to finishing 12-1 in 2011. Sine currently has an 88-53 record overall.
A graduate of Weimar High School in South Texas, Sine attended Blinn College and Southwest State University in San Marcos. He is certified in physical education, health and physical science.
After he confessed to having a burnt orange office chair, Trustee Rick Groomer jokingly spoke on behalf of the Aggies on the school board by saying, "That's OK. We'll talk real slow so you can understand us!"
Bandera High School Principal Gary Bitzkie said he is excited about Sine and his program. Bitzkie, who served on a committee that handled the preliminary weeding out of applicants and then followed up with interviews of the finalists, said, "We got lots of calls out of the blue with nothing but positive things to say about David. He has the respect of his fellow coaches."
Board President Dr. Barbara Skipper welcomed Sine by saying, "We're really excited to have you join our team."
After hearing Sine speak for a few minutes, Trustee Greg Hicks said, "I'm excited. I'm ready to suit up! I wish I had some eligibility!"
Indeed, excitement and enthusiasm seem to be two words that aptly describe Coach Sine. He looks forward to teaching the entire school a special "Bulldog Chant" and expects the popcorn to fly whenever his new team makes a great play!
Joining him in the move to Bandera will be his wife, Leah, an elementary school teacher; daughter, Logan, a junior; and son, Walker, a seventh grader.
Sine will begin his duties with Bandera ISD on April 3.
Since the entire Sine family seemed thrilled about their move, we won't tell them the deer are not so cute when they are eating up everything in your yard or garden!

Photo courtesy BISD
David Sine