New Braunfels High School is setting the field for a new era in football with the appointment of Brad Molder as the head coach and boys athletic coordinator. Molder, who previously led La Vernia to notable success, will replace Glenn Mangold, and he's already hinting at instilling a culture of relentless discipline in his new role.
"I'm very excited and honored for the opportunity to lead such a historic program," Molder said, highlighting his mixed emotions as he transitions from his tenure at La Vernia. He plans to import his tough-nosed approach to the Unicorns, aiming to make his mark through the how — not the what — of the team's gameplay, "I want us to be known for how we do things," Molder told Express-News.
Molder boasts a 19-6 record over his two seasons as La Vernia's head coach, along with two District 15-4A-I titles and a Region IV-4A semifinal appearance in 2023. His coaching repertoire extends over two decades, including a state championship victory with Judson in 2002. As Molder steps into his new role, the Unicorns are transitioning from Class 6A to 5A, influenced by the opening of New Braunfels ISD's second high school, Long Creek High School.
"It's going to be extremely difficult," Molder said, acknowledging the competitive landscape of the new district. The challenges are set from the get-go, with expectations to hit the field running and get the team playoff-ready, "The bracket can work in your favor if you put yourself in a position to do that," Molder explained to Herald-Zeitung.
New Braunfels ISD is equally optimistic about the new hire, with Athletic Director Richard Mendoza expressing his excitement over Molder's track record of success; but more significantly, his role as a character builder. "He will serve as a leader and character builder for all of our student-athletes and coaches," Mendoza announced. With Molder at the helm, New Braunfels High School's storied football program looks to augment its legacy with the right blend of grit, tactical acumen, and motivational leadership.