For the first time in 16 years, Klein ISD is opening a new high school campus, the fifth in the district and the first since Klein Collins in 2001. Klein Cain, which will open to ninth and tenth graders in Fall 2017, is – like Collins – named for a onetime Klein ISD Superintendent, Jim Cain, who spent 35 years in the district, overseeing the passage of three major bonds worth well over $1 billion to Klein ISD during his tenure.
At the helm of the fledgling Cain Football program, acting as campus athletic coordinator for all sports, is former Strake Jesuit head coach James Clancy. Before he took a Crusaders squad that consistently won just three games per season and transformed it into an Area Champion with an 8-5 record and a 5-2 mark in the ruthless 19-6A (Katy ISD), Clancy plied his trade within the very same district to which he now returns.
With Clancy as the Klein Oak co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for a five-year stretch, the Panthers fielded a consistently thrilling, league-leading offense. Clancy has vivid, recent memories of high-level success at the school, including a regional semifinal playoff berth. For Clancy, the Cain position offered him the rarest of opportunities: a chance to move up in the coaching world while returning to a place of comfort and familiarity.
"It absolutely feels like a homecoming," Clancy said. "It's an unbelievably special opportunity and I'm very humbled and very blessed to be the first campus athletic director and head football coach at Klein Cain."
While at Strake, Clancy was simply the head football coach and a member of the faculty, saddled with Social Studies teaching responsibilities. Returning to Klein ISD, Clancy transitions into the role of full-time campus athletic coordinator, tasked with overseeing the growth and development of all the sports teams and athletic programs at Cain.
Developing a full slate of athletic programs from scratch – with only a one-year subvarsity window before Cain will compete at the varsity level in Fall 2018 – is a tall order. Clancy says that dealing with all the many moving pieces and little, daily stresses of laying a school-wide foundation are less worrisome given he's doing the work in the place he thinks of as home.
"So many positive memories and thoughts flooded back when I got back into the district," Clancy said. "I met my wife at Klein Oak when I worked there. My daughter saw her first football game at Klein Memorial Stadium when she was... [read the full article at chron.com]