Brett Sloan’s first head coaching job at Kell High School could be a challenging one.

Following two seasons as Walton’s assistant offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Sloan will take over a Longhorns program that’s been to the playoffs nine consecutive seasons, highlighted by two trips to the state semifinals.

“It’s both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time,” Sloan said. “This will be a big adjustment and a challenging one, but it’s something I’ve been prepared for, for a long time.”

Former coach Derek Cook, who resigned in March to pursue administrative duties, gave the program stability starting in 2008. He led the Longhorns to four region titles, two additional quarterfinal appearances as well as undefeated regular seasons in 2013 and 2014.

Now, it will be up to Sloan to maintain its success and perhaps take the Longhorns to new heights.

Prior to coming to Walton, Sloan coached three seasons at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina, where he worked with wide receivers for two seasons and quarterbacks for one.

He also coached five seasons for Chapman High School in his native Inman, S.C. where he also coached quarterbacks and wide receivers.

“He seemed successful working with these programs,” Kell athletic director Jeff Milton said of Sloan. “We wanted someone who can step right into the job. We’re hoping that he can get us to the next level. We’ve been real close for the last couple of years. Everyone speaks so highly of his character.”

Sloan is not making big tweaks to the offense. He said the Longhorns will continue to run the spread only it will involve more drop back passes.

“We’re not going to talk about winning so much as about doing things right,” Sloan said. “That’s not to say winning isn’t important, but we’re going to try to defeat the small things. Once you get into the semifinals, everyone is going to be good, and those small things are going to make a difference.”

He’s expected to be working with returning receivers Michael Luckie and Zane Williams in the fall and will likely be grooming a new quarterback to replace John Lampley.

Sloan speaks highly of his players who he met Monday afternoon and is also expecting to retain many of Cook’s assistant coaches.

At Walton, where he coached under Mo Dixon, Sloan coached quarterback Addison Shoup and receiver Dominick Blaylock both years and helped the Raiders to a 9-2 record and a playoff berth in 2015.

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