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Sweetwater High School football fans will get a unique opportunity to meet new head coach Shane Mobley and members of his staff Thursday while enjoying some food and fellowship.
The event is called "Meet the Mustang Coaches" and will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the local Dairy Queen on 1608 Lamar.
According to store owner Jerry Hulcy, a number of other local celebrities will be on hand to serve up ice cream cones to the public for $1 each, and other food items will be available as well. Also, an autographed football jersey will be given away at the end of the event.
All proceeds Thursday will be used to benefit Sweetwater High School's athletic programs.
Hulcy, a longtime Sweetwater resident who has been a Mustang booster for nearly 40 years, said he came up with the idea last month while talking to Mobley, and they agreed it would be a chance to build enthusiasm around the community for the new football season.
"We thought it was a good way for the public to meet all the new coaches," he said.
"It will be a fun get together and we'd like for everyone to come. We're encouraging people to bring their families."
Mobley was hired in April to replace Craig Slaughter, who resigned after serving as head coach and athletic director the past three years. Since then Mobley has brought with him a number of new assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Zach Harrell, defensive coordinator John Ward and offensive line coach Giles Montgomery, who many fans will remember as a standout football player for the Mustangs a decade ago.
Sweetwater plays its first scrimmage Saturday when it hosts Wichita Falls Hirschi at Mustang Bowl. After the scrimmage, fans are encouraged to stick around in order to "Meet the Mustangs" starting about 8 p.m.
All varsity, JV and freshman football and volleyball players will be introduced at that time as well as members of the cross country and tennis teams, team trainers and managers and the Mustang cheerleaders and band.
Sweetwater's 2012 season opener against Eastland will also be played at Mustang Bowl on Aug. 31 â€” just over two weeks away â€” as part of the eighth annual Sammy Baugh Classic.