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Meet Our Athletic Director
My motto with Royal ISD athletics is ‘All Hands On Deck’ for all girls and boys sports,” Toomer said on Tuesday (Jan. 26, 2017) after being approved in a special meeting of the Royal ISD Board of Trustees at the administration building in Pattison.
“We want every kid, girls and boys, to participate in multiple sports,” Toomer said. “We as coaches must share athletes and that’s the mindset we’re going with. We want the kids to participate across the board, and we want to make sure they enjoy themselves because after all, it’s really their (athletic) program.”
Toomer was named Royal football head coach-AD from a list of 115 applicants, according to Royal ISD Superintendent Stacy Ackley.
“I’m from a small town (Sylvester, Georgia - population 6,000), and Royal High School, and the communities of Brookshire and Pattison, remind me of home,” Toomer said. “I’ve always heard good things about Royal and its students, faculty and administrators, and I truly feel like Royal is a diamond in the rough.
“I made several trips to the (Brookshire) area when I heard the job opened and visited with people at different stores and mom-and-pop shops, and it’s just a great place where football is always played on Friday nights in a classic ‘Friday Night Lights’ environment.
“You have an obvious close-knit community, and I really like the campus setup with the elementary, middle school and high school all at the same location. That gives me the great opportunity to meet my kids, girls and boys, at the elementary level. I’ll get to know them and watch them develop, and they’ll get to know me, and that just doesn’t happen at big city schools because most campus are split and can sometimes be miles apart.”
Toomer made a national splash as a ‘Friday Night Lights’ four-year varsity starter from 1988-91 at Worth County High School in Sylvester, GA.
He broke Herschel Walker’s high school state career rushing record with 7,866 yards and 105 touchdowns on an incredible 1,221 attempts, and also ranks among the nation’s all-time bests with 40 100-yard rushing games.
As a Worth County senior, Toomer ran for 2,413 yards and 33 TDs.
Those tremendous numbers led to a scholarship at LSU where he recorded 1,030 ground yards and 14 touchdowns on 301 career carries from 1992-95.
“I was a tailback until my senior season and then moved to fullback and blocked for an outstanding freshman and future NFL standout Kevin Faulk, who went on to win three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots,” Toomer said. “I was slowed with a torn PCL (posterior cruciate ligament within the knee) as a senior, and while some say that opened the door for Kevin, I’ll set the record straight. He was so good I would have been moved to fullback even without the injury.”
After college, Toomer checked into an opportunity to play professionally in the CFL (Canadian Football League), but with a wife and four children, he decided to go into coaching.
“It was tough to give up playing, but it was the right move,” he said. “It was more about family than trying to continue to play football.”
Toomer served as a LSU graduate assistant in 1996, and after a move to Houston in 1997 (for his wife’s job), it was back to Louisiana for an assistant coaching position at New Orleans Jesuit High School (three years - 1998-2000).
From there, Toomer spent one year (2001) as a speech teacher at Houston ISD Madison and a coach at Milby High School, and was then hired by Coach Mike Coker at Galena Park, where he eventually became defensive coordinator and helped lead the program to a perfect 10-0 regular season in 2004.
After four seasons at Galena Park (2002-05), it was back to Louisiana once again to become a head coach for the first time at Abbeville.
“It was really hard to leave Texas and some of the best high school football in the nation, but I really needed to get that head coach experience, and it really paid off,” he said. “I always felt like I’d be coming back to Texas.”
That’s exactly what happened when Toomer was named defensive coordinator-linebackers coach at Fort Bend Bush High School in 2008, and the very next season, he was the head coach-athletic director at Nimitz.
“I worked with current Royal girls basketball head coach Mark Spivey for one year at Nimitz, and he’s one of the good ones,” Toomer said, “and former Galena Park (football) head coach Mike Coker is now the superintendent at Bellville, one of Royal’s district rivals.
“Sometimes it’s a small world.”
Toomer spent the past two seasons (2015-16) as defensive coordinator-assistant head coach at Houston ISD Heights High School (formerly Reagan High School), and now, it’s back to head coaching and all that comes with it.
“I’m not coming into Royal with an iron fist,” he said. “One of the first priorities is to get to know the kids, and earn their trust and respect. It is their (athletic) program, and we’ll implement our plan one step at a time.”
Toomer hopes to be full-time at Royal by Feb. 13, and adds: “I’ll definitely be around the school before that getting a feel for everything.
“As for the coaching staff, I’ll have a procedure and process, and I won’t come in and just dismiss people. There will be a questionnaire and resume reviews to get to know the coaches and their individual thoughts and philosophies, and no wholesale changes.
“I want the coaches to know this is your school and our overall plan is to share athletes in all sports.”
More specifically in football, Toomer plans to use a multiple 4-3 defensive alignment.
“We will be a blitzing team with man coverage and put the best athletes on the field on defense,” he said. “We’ll give opposing offenses something different on every possession, and our offense will mimic our defense with multiple looks from using tight ends to an empty set in the backfield.
“We definitely want to run the ball, and to get the ball out of our hands quickly in the passing game. You have to know both sides of the ball and set up game plans that fit our skill set.”
Toomer and his wife, Trella, have four children - Stevan (26 years old), Kayla (25), Trey (22) and Taijh (21).
He coached Stevan at Abbeville and Trey at Nimitz, and Trey currently plays football at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. College graduate Kayla was a cheerleader at Abbeville, and Taijh is a student at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Trella is a nurse who is working towards becoming a physician’s assistant.
“I do this because it’s a calling, and right now at Royal, we’re at ground zero,” Toomer said. “You will see a change in their (student-athletes) demeanor, and that comes with truly understanding the kids’ mindset, and there will be a new environment.”
Robert Toomer, Athletic Director
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