Kagan Angers has been checking off things he was hoping to accomplish since he was in junior high.

Angers wanted to be a state-qualifying track and field athlete for the Splendora Wildcats and he became that. He wanted to go college as a track and field athlete and he did just at at Sam Houston State.

He also one day wanted to become the Splendora head boys track and field coach.

He can now check that off as well.

The 2014 graduate was named the new head coach of the Wildcats on Monday. Angers takes over for Clay Mayo, who is still with the school as an assistant coach with the football team.

“This is something I’ve dreamed about ever since I was running track when I was 14 years old at Splendora,” Angers said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Being able to see some of the guys high jump and run fast at that age, that was a passion of mine.”

Angers is the only Splendora track athlete to qualify for the state meet in all four years of his high school career. He qualified for six different events in that span.

“I was on track my freshman year of high school,” Angers said. “Clay Mayo was the head coach at the time, it was his first year here. We had some cats, man. We had some guys that could fly. We were starting to build something up as a dynasty there.”

Angers competed in long jump, high jump and all three relays his freshman year. In his sophomore, he expanded his events into the 200-meter run.

“That was really my race,” Angers said. “I really wasn’t the fastest 100-meter guy. It took me a little longer to pick up speed so the 200 was perfect for me.”

Angers also played basketball for the Wildcats.

“I played basketball for Jason Vela and we went to the playoffs three years (one was a tiebreaker round robin),” Angers said. “I was on varsity sophomore year all the way to senior year.”

But track was his ticket to college and at Sam Houston State, Angers put together a solid career.

Angers was a decathlete and a member of five Southland Conference championships between indoor and outdoor season.

Individually, he was a 2015 bronze medalist in the long jump in the Southland Conference outdoor meet and won silver in the decathlon in 2017.

“That was a huge success in my book,” Angers said of the silver medal while competing in the 10 events of the decathlon.

After his time SHSU, Angers started gearing towards his career. The education program was a big reason he became at Bearkat.

“When I was in high school, I was mentored by two great people in Jason Vela and Marcus Schulz,” Angers said of his basketball coach and the current football coach and athletic director at Splendora. “Marcus was there the end of my senior year, but I felt like knew him forever. They were huge mentors in my life. I saw the impact not only that they had on kids success-wise in coaching, but also the success they had on their livelihood.”

Their influence helped him along the career path of coaching.

“They had strong leadership in my life,” Angers said. “That was something I wanted to do when I got older. I wanted to be able to help lead a kid and have him become successful. Because (Vela and Schulz) did that with me. I use that as a stepping stone in wanting to be a coach.”

Last year, Angers came to Splendora and was an assistant coach for Vela on the varsity basketball team and also helped coach junior high athletes.

He also came to track and field to help as a volunteer assistant for both boys and girls before the season abruptly ended due to COVID-19.

Angers has goals of bringing Splendora back to the forefront in track.

He has two main objectives to do just that.

“To build a program…you’re going to have to have kids that buy in,” Angers said. “It starts with your assistant coaches and the goals you have set. Some of the biggest goals that I have is to get these kids to buy into the program and you need these guys to become the stepping stones.”

Angers also wants his athletes to have a mentality to not be complacent. He wants his athletes to be the ones that go deep into the postseason.

“Now when we get to regional and state, I want them to be a known presence,” Angers said. “That’s the guy that I’m going to have to beat to go to state. I want them to be know as that guy they have to beat.”

Angers is looking forward to his first school year in charge of the program, but is thankful to those who helped him every step of the way to get there.

“In my book, there’s never a time to be complacent,” Angers said. “I’m always trying to achieve something. Becoming a head coach, that’s one of the ultimate goals that I hit. It’s a blessing. Like I’ve said before, all this has been done by the grace of God and by being a humble servant. Choosing the talent that he’s given me and the people that he’s put in my life, I feel like without any of that, I don’t think I’d been able to accomplish this.

“Having the type of parents that I have, having the loving wife that I have to be able to push me to pursue this kind of stuff and just having the head coaches I work with as co-workers…I don’t think I’d accomplish this without all these people in my life.”

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