Friendswood's Koopmann living a dream
by Darrell K. Ardison
June 20, 2017
FRIENDSWOOD — Robert Koopmann has learned two valuable lessons over the course of a 32-year coaching career. Patience is a virtue and life is good in Friendswood.
Following an 18-year apprenticeship under former head coach Steve Van Meter, those two lessons crossed paths when Koopmann was named the athletic director and head football coach at Friendswood High School in 2012.
Koopmann's patience was rewarded after turning down several opportunities that would have lured him away from Greenbriar Drive.
"Ultimately, I think this is the best school district in the state, so why leave," Koopmann said. "In retrospect, I don't regret not taking other job offers in the past. I love this school district and I believe in it."
Koopmann followed Van Meter, Henry Winston and J.D. Burns to become only the fourth head football coach at Friendswood High School since 1958.
He was an offensive coordinator for the majority of his term on Van Meter's staff when the Mustangs were perennial playoff qualifiers.
"They say you don't replace a legend. Well I'm trying to fill the shoes of two legends in Coach Van Meter and Henry Winston," Koopmann said.
The Mustangs' winning ways have continued under Koopmann's leadership with no less than eight victories and a postseason appearance in all five seasons since his promotion. Koopmann is 42-18 as a head coach.
Consistency has been a hallmark of Friendswood under the Koopmann regime with eight wins in 2012, nine victories in 2013, along with eight in both 2014 and 2015.
A trip to the regional semifinals in 2015 ended with a loss to eventual state champion Katy.
Friendswood is coming off a 9-3 campaign in 2016 and a three-round foray into the playoffs. In the past three seasons Friendswood has competed in the state's large-school classification (Class 6A).
Now the post Tyler Page era begins in 2017 with the same goals that have always been in place – to win a district championship (24-6A) and navigate a long playoff run en route to a state title.
That's never an easy task with the Clear Creek ISD schools and Dickinson threatening to serve as potential roadblocks.
The Mustangs are eager to wipe away the memory of a third-round playoff loss to Cinco Ranch in 2016 when Page was injured on the first offensive snap of the game.
Koopmann will rely upon a coaching staff that is experienced and knowledgeable while possessing the chemistry that enables youngsters to be successful both on and off the field.
Creating a positive way to transfer information to high school players has been an enormous asset to the Friendswood coaching staff.
Koopmann grew up in Galveston County and is a native of Hitchcock , Texas . He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Education from Texas Southern.
A member of the FHS family for 24 years, Koopmann is married to wife, Angela, who is a first grade teacher for FISD. Kale Nathaniel, age 13, is their son.
A golf and cooking enthusiast, Koopmann enjoys spending quality time with his family.