AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The related video was published in October 2019.

Beck Brydon, the winningest head football coach in Regents history and the only head football coach in Regents history, is stepping down after 20 seasons.

Brydon cited a desire to focus on his role as athletic director as the main reason for the decision.

“This day is both sad and exciting for me and my family," he said in a statement. "Our children were virtually born and raised on that football field, and we have tons of great memories from this program."

Brydon helped usher in the Regents tackle football program in 1997 when it launched at the middle school level. He was hired as the school's first varsity head coach for the six-man team in 2000 and then for the first 11-man team in 2004.

He compiled a record of 197-52, made the playoffs in all 20 seasons and won 15 district championships and five TAPPS state titles.

His teams made 11 appearances in the TAPPS State Championship Game, most recently in 2019.

“Measuring success of this program over the past 23 years is difficult,” Brydon said. “The winning and championship runs have been really fun, but they only tell a portion of the story. How do you measure the types of men, husbands, fathers, servants, leaders, neighbors and community members that our players and coaches are, have or will become?”

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Brydon will continue to help lead the Regents Middle School program and will also remain on staff as the school's athletic director.

On Thursday, Regents appointed defensive coordinator Tim Phillips the new varsity head coach.

“This football program has meant so much to me and my family for many years,” Phillips said. “I have loved serving our school in a coaching role and am excited to move the ball forward on this special program. When Coach Brydon says to you, ‘I think you’re the guy to lead this thing forward,’ there really is no bigger compliment."

Phillips, who has coaching experience at the University of Kansas in the late 80s and early 90s, has coached Regents for the past nine seasons.

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