Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 Sports) "I saw on TV where some of my players that I had coached in junior high school had played in the state tournament game for Permian high school", said Dr. Nate Hearne, former Permian High Football Coach.
Dr. Hearne would have loved to have coached them, but not knowing only three months later he would get his chance. Coach Gary Gaines gives him a call with some unexpected news.
"I wanted to know if you would be interested in coaching at Permian high school. I put the phone down and danced in my living room for a whole hour", said Dr. Hearne.
Dr. Hearne was the first African-American hired on the coaching staff at Permian.
He spoke about coaching some of the best players in Mojo history, like it was yesterday.
"I get little chill bumps just talking about the things they did on the football field", said Dr. Hearne.
I asked what needed to be done for Permian to become a football powerhouse again. and Dr. Hearne believes the school needs to remember what made them great in the first place.
"They started hiring coaches from the outside and it's kind of difficult to know the little intangibles that made this program so powerful", said Dr. Hearne.
Dr. Hearne said he feels that this year's team is going to turn things around.
He can feel it in his bones, but it's going to take a lot of work.
During his time back promoting his book. Dr. Hearne told me he was excited to see some familiar faces in the Basin he hasn't seen in a long time.
"20-25 years just reconnecting and letting them know how much I love em", said Dr. Hearne.