Written by Corbett Smith
Galen Zimmerman leaves Frisco Liberty to become offensive coordinator for Joe McBride in Dripping Springs
Galen Zimmerman nearly left Frisco Liberty's football program two years ago to become the offensive coordinator at Coppell - in order to work with former boss Joe McBride.
Two years later, the reunion has finally happened - but not in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Zimmerman left Frisco Liberty on Friday, becoming Dripping Springs' new offensive coordinator. McBride left Coppell for the Class 4A Central Texas program three weeks ago.
"It's a good set-up, what Joe has going down there," Zimmerman said last week. "It's tough, because Frisco is a good place."
At Liberty in the head coaching role for five seasons, Zimmerman had a career record of 30-27. He made a great run with now-Boise State running back Jay Ajayi in 2009 and 2010, making the third round of the playoffs in those two seasons. Liberty, however, has struggled over the past two seasons - going 5-15.
Zimmerman and McBride worked together for a decade. They were assistants together at Hebron under Brian Brazil, then Zimmerman worked as McBride's offensive coordinator when Liberty opened in 2006.
Zimmerman said that he wasn't unhappy at Liberty, and called Frisco ISD a great place to work. He said he knew that many people would wonder why he'd step down from a head coaching position for an assistant's job. But when he was presented an chance to start something anew with McBride, it was too tough to pass up."You don't do that for just anything," Zimmerman said. "It' s just a different kind of an opportunity. I know it's not going to make sense to everybody."