Former pro athlete happy to be in Springtown
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
There’s a new Kidd in town.
Brandon Kidd is now Springtown High School’s assistant principal.
He replaced Kirt Shaw who retired.
SHS’ current principal, Dr. Scott McPherson, told Springtown Optimists that he courted Kidd long distance – from Kansas.
But Kidd has long Texas roots.
He grew up in Keller – when there was just one high school, he noted – and enjoyed a successful football career as a center.
So, successful, in fact, that he played for SMU the first year the Mustangs were freed from their “Death Penalty,” 1992.
Kidd was a Pony from ‘92-96.
As a free agent, he caught on with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and later played in the World Football League.
But injuries thwarted those professional dreams.
So, Kidd became a coach.
He began that career at Wichita Falls Hirschi then opened the new Birdville High School as a coach.
Kidd headed to Keller Fossil Ridge next before serving a two-year stint as Castleberry’s head football coach.
The next coaching stop was in East Texas, he said.
With children growing up, Kidd decided to head into education administration, so he became the Cleburne athletic director.
From there, the Kidds ventured to Kansas – his wife’s family is from there – where he served as a high school assistant for four years.
Now, he’s back in Texas where he has family in Boyd and Decatur.
And he’s glad to be back in the Lone Star State.
“The population dynamics are different here [than Kansas],” he noted.
“It’s great to meet new kids and have new experiences.”
McPherson said he was encouraged to hire Kidd because of his ability “to build relationships with kids.
“That’s what we do in Springtown.”
Kidd will have a freshman son in SHS athletics – football and wrestling – and his wife will teach middle school special education.