Written by Corbett Smith
2012 Dallas All-Area Coach and Newcomer of the Year: Allen's Tom Westerberg, QB Kyler Murray eyeing a repeat title in 2013
COACH OF THE YEAR
Allen’s Tom Westerberg
About Westerberg: When Allen opened the 2012 season, talk largely focused on the school’s new $59.6 million stadium. No one, not Westerberg or athletic director Steve Williams, was certain this year’s team was a title contender. That doubt was understandable, considering last season’s quarterback signed with Alabama and last season’s running back signed with Arkansas. Yet, Westerberg proceeded to lead Allen to its second Class 5A Division I state title in five years. He was thought to be the “continuity hire” when he got the head coaching job in 2004, promoted from Joe Martin’s staff after 15 years as his assistant. He has done much more than be a caretaker; Allen is 102-16 in Westerberg’s nine seasons.
What’s next? Allen will try to defend its title with a small, but talented, group of returning starters, including quarterback Kyler Murray, offensive lineman Tejan Koroma, linebacker Tay Evans and defensive backs Chad Adams and Mayomi Olootu.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Allen’s Kyler Murray
Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 160
About Murray: Murray, the son of former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, moved to Allen from Lewisville over the summer. Allen coach Tom Westerberg saw the sophomore’s talent, but didn’t have enough time to bring Murray up to speed over two-a-days. Gradually picking up the offense, Murray played in a few series in each game, until moving into the starting role after Allen’s overtime loss to Coppell. The Eagles never lost again, winning 11 straight games en route to the Class 5A Division I state title. Murray rushed for 1,342 yards and 25 scores, while completing 61 percent of his passes for 2,004 yards and 17 touchdowns.
What’s next? Murray’s development is in good hands. His father is one of the state’s most sought-after quarterback gurus, helping several players — including former Allen quarterback Alec Morris — sign with major FBS programs.