Tears flowed Monday morning when Cedar Park coach Carl Abseck informed his players he was accepting a new job at Barbers Hill High.
âMost of them were mine,â Abseck joked. He brought together around 150 footballers on the pitch to brief them on his decision.
It was a tough decision, the coach said. He’s been at Cedar Park for 16 years, the last six as a head coach. The Timberwolves were 71-10 under him, won the DII Class 5A State Championship in 2015 and reached the state final last season.
âIt’s a really great opportunity to go to a place that’s a one-horse town,â said Abseck, who will also be sporting director. âIt’s all about the Eagles. They are successful in almost every sport.â¦ They have a lot of great facilities. For me it’s difficult because I like it here, but at the same time I’m excited about a new challenge. . “
Barbers Hill High is located in Mont Belvieu, approximately 45 miles east of Houston. He takes over for Tom Westerberg, who recently resigned to become athletic director of the Hays Schools. Westerberg has been a teacher, coach and athletic director for 34 years, the last six at Barbers Hill.
The 2020 season has been special for Abseck as his team won 14 straight games before losing to Denton Ryan in the State Championship game at AT&T Stadium. He also coached his son, Gunnar, for his senior season. Before each game, father and son took a selfie to commemorate the moment.
“It’s hard to imagine Cedar Park-Vandegrift without Carl Abseck being a part of it,” said Vipers coach Drew Sanders. âHe’s been in every game we’ve played, whether as an assistant or a head coach. It is an integral part of the winning culture of Cedar Park.
Ryder Hernandez was the offensive leader and was named All-State quarterback by the Associated Press. Hernandez said he had a private discussion with Abseck about the change of schools before meeting with the team on Monday.
âGunnar has been one of my best friends on and off the pitch for the past five or six years and I’m still at home,â Hernandez said. “Before every game in my senior year, the coach and I would give each other a big hug on the sidelines.”
One of Abseck’s biggest thrills was seeing his school win the 2020 Breazeale American-Statesman Cup, an annual award given to the best central Texas high school track program. In a year cut short by the pandemic, Cedar Park has scored well in football, women’s basketball, tennis, volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s football and cross country boys and girls.
âI feel like every sport on our campus has grown and been increasingly successful during my time here,â Abseck said. “I’m extremely proud of how I am leaving this program. We have a great group of coaches here in all sports and they put kids first. And they work really hard to give them every chance to be successful.”