BRYAN, TX -- In a response to a text message concerning the rumor that C.M. Pier had been "let go" at Rudder High School came a simple response from Pier's cell phone. "It is true," confirming that he would not remain in his current capacity with the Ranger football program.
Bryan ISD Superintendent Dr. Tommy Wallis said on the phone Friday afternoon that C.M. has not been fired, but that the longtime Rudder Head Football Coach had elected to step down. "The District hopes he will stay on in an administrative capacity," added Wallis. "Possibly as an assistant principal."
Pier texted that he was "Going to go in a different direction professionally."
Dr. Wallis said the District wants to go in a different direction with the Rudder football program. When asked what that direction is? Wallis replied, "We'll visit with the Athletic Department and when we define that I'll get back with you."
Success was tough to come by for Pier at Rudder who was an assistant coach brought to Bryan when Marty Criswell was named the Vikings Head Football Coach.
Pier was promoted to Head Coach and Campus Athletic Coordinator when Rudder was opened in 2008.
After a total of two wins in his first two seasons, the Rangers went 7 - 3 in 2010 just missing the playoffs. That would be his best season at Rudder. He finished with an overall record of 13-43-1.