Steven Cerny, Head Coach, watches the scoreboard during the Shiner Comanches v. Stamford Bulldogs State Championship Game in Arlington.
As of Friday, April 18, 2014
Steven Cerny File
• HEAD COACH AT SHINER: 12 seasons
• OVERALL RECORD: 123-39
• LAST SEASON: 11-4, state finalists
• STATE FINAL APPEARANCES: 2003, 2004, 2013
• STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2004
Shiner coach Steven Cerny and his staff knew the Comanches needed to make some changes after losing to Ganado.
The loss cost Shiner the District 15-1A, Division I title, but it spurred a run to the state championship game.
"We just weren't playing physical enough," Cerny said. "We thought after losing to Hallettsville and Schulenburg they were just really good teams. They were, but we saw that Ganado had kind of pushed us around.
"The next week, we challenged the kids, and they stood up to the challenge."
The Comanches bounced back to close out district play with a win over Yorktown before winning five consecutive playoff games.
"We still ran the veer, but we went to more of a power game on offense," Cerny said. "On defense, we were giving up too many big plays, and we told them we had to find a way to stop that."
Shiner's biggest win may have come in the area round, when it defeated Mason 14-13.
The Comanches went on to defeat Flatonia, Thorndale and Mart, which had eliminated them in the 2012 semifinals.
"Our confidence kept growing with each game," Cerny said. "The Mason game was big because Mason had such a good team. You could just see it each week and it was fun to watch."
The fun ended for Shiner at AT&T Stadium in Arlington when Stamford rallied in the second half to claim a 41-28 win in the state final.
But after starting the season at 1-2, Shiner won 10 of its next 12 games to finish at 11-4.
The strong finish led to Cerny being named the Class 1A Coach of the Year by Dave Campbell's Texas Football.
"It's a great honor," Cerny said. "But obviously, it doesn't just go to me. It goes to the coaching staff and the kids. We really pulled together and did the best job we've done in a long time."
Cerny has been at Shiner for 26 years and has been the athletic director and head football coach for the last 12 seasons.
He has a 123-39 record and has led the Comanches to three state final appearances and the 2004 Class 1A state championship.
Cerny also won two state championships in baseball at Shiner. He is currently coaching the softball team, which opens the playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday against Snook in Smithville.
Cerny will be recognized in the summer edition of Texas Football magazine.
While he's proud of the award, he'd trade it in a heartbeat for another state championship.
"There's no doubt about that," Cerny said. "I've never been one on individual accomplishments. This award also goes to the athletes and the assistant coaches."