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Coach streety honored for his contributions to north east

Streety recognized by board of trustees and executive staff.

Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, superintendent of schools (left), Board President Susan Galindo, Jim Streety, Janie Streety (wife), Debra Aceves-Torres, Madison principal, and Jerry Comalander, executive director of athletics at the February board meeting.

A true Texas high school football legend was honored at the North East ISD regular board meeting on Feb. 10. Jim Streety has dedicated 40 years to high school football, with 23 of those at Madison High School, and will be moving on to become athletic director of the New Braunfels Independent School District. The Board of Trustees and executive staff honored Streety with a certificate of recognition and an honorary plaque crowned with a classic clock to symbolize his long-time dedication to NEISD.

NEISD Executive Director of Athletics, Jerry Comalander, praised Streety for his contributions to student success on and off the field. “He has nurtured hundreds of James Madison athletes with integrity and team work, every time he had a group of kids under his tutelage,” said Comalander. “He’s worked to help many of those athletes obtain athletic scholarships…I think the athletes of Madison High School would tell you he took care of them, beyond just teaching them the game.”

“You are an extremely great role model for thousands of young students – men and women – that have been through this school district,” said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, superintendent of schools, as he addressed Streety. “I can honestly say I have never heard anybody say anything negative about Coach James Streety and that is quite a tribute to you and your professional demeanor and experience.”

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for 23 great years at Madison High School, or as I’ve told some of you – 8,364 days,” said Streety. “I just wish you all the very, very best.”

Considered the longest tenured coach in NEISD history, Streety went 343-131-3 in his career and 194-86-2 in 23 seasons at Madison. He finds himself leaving on a high note after taking his team to the state semifinals – finishing third in District 26-5A.  Streety ranks fourth all-time in victories among Texas high school football coaches.

NEISD will celebrate Streety’s accomplishments, bidding him a final farewell with a pep rally on Friday, February 14 at 8:00 a.m. in the DEMAC gymnasium.

Posted on February 11, 2014