Coach Hughes - AD - Head Football - Head Baseball

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Coach Hughes - AD - Head Football - Head Baseball

I was born in Fort Worth, TX and moved to Mansfield in 2nd grade.  I was already a couple of years into football, basketball, and baseball. Altogether, I played football for 13 years, basketball for 6 years, baseball for 9 years, and soccer for one year. I married my wife, Bridgette in 1992 and then joined the Air Force. I spent 6 years in the military while finishing my degree from the University of Maryland. Once I left the military, I started engineering work for a few different companies in the DFW area. I spent a lot of time out of State for work and hated being away from my wife and kids: Tori, Haley, and Jonathan. I started and coached many youth programs and found myself thinking about the kids, the next practice, the next game, etc. I decided that I had spent my time doing what I had to do, and now it was time to do what I wanted to do. So, 11 years ago, I made the change to become a full time teacher and coach. I have taught every core subject at on time or another, including: Math, English, Science, SS, Health, Choir (yes choir), Computers, Theater, and PE. I have also coached just about everything as well, to include: Football (11 and 6 man), Xcountry, Basketball, Track, Baseball, Golf, and Tennis. I am looking forward to this exciting step of being at Bluff Dale. I have already met some great people, and love the community support that truly looks unrivaled, especially in smaller districts. I am looking forward to the upcoming year.

 Coach Merkle - Head Volleyball - Head Girls Basketball - Head Softball

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Coach Merkle - Head Volleyball - Head Girls Basketball - Head Softball

The students call me CRAZY Mrs. Merkle...and I have to agree! I have a passion for teaching, and I teach a little outside of the box! I was born and raised in Bluff Dale. I attended Bluff Dale School from K-8th grade, moved on to Stephenville High School, and then graduated Tarleton State University with a Business Degree. However, I am also certified to teach EC-8 Generalist (all subjects), 4-8 SCIENCE, ESL and Special Education. I am so excited to begin my eighth year here, at Bluff Dale. I have always loved Bluff Dale School and having the opportunity to teach here is amazing....it is my dream job! We have the best faculty, staff...and most importantly... the BEST STUDENTS. Three of my children attend Bluff Dale School, Makayla and Matthew who will be in the eighth grade class and Nicholas who will be in second! I love to run, play golf, and go to all Aggie sporting events. Gig 'em. I am looking forward to another wonderful year!

 Coach Bailey - Head Boys Basketball - Head Track - Head Cross Country

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Coach Bailey - Head Boys Basketball - Head Track - Head Cross Country

 Coach Johnston - Asst. Football - Asst. Basketball - Asst. Baseball

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Coach Johnston - Asst. Football - Asst. Basketball - Asst. Baseball