This week on #txhsfbchat we are fortunate to have Theron Aych from Angelo State joining us as our special guest. Coach Aych is taking time to lead us in a discussion about coupling the Run-Pass Options (RPOs) with with Play Action scheme in his offense. This will be an outstanding and relevant chat considering the recent trend in RPOs being seen in high school and college games.
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Theron Aych has led a Rams potent attack as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach that has set numerous records in just three seasons.
Aych’s second year running the Ram offense was a record breaker on the ground while his third season broke passing records. The offense set the season record for the second-straight season in total offensive yards averaged per game with 469.7. He guided an offense that passed for 282.7 yard per game which is the third highest average since 1964. Aych was also instrumental in quarterback Kyle Washington’s improvement. The junior quarterback became the first player in ASU history to throw for over 3,000 yards yards in a single season and broke the ASU single season touchdown passing record with 34. Washington also broke ASU’s single season record for total yards with 4,174 for the second-straight season. Kyle Washington was named the LSC Offensive Player of the Year while Anthony Landry, Ryan Byrd and Anthony Yancy picked up first team honors. Dakarai Pecikonis, who became ASU’s all-time career receiving yards (2,831) and receptions (189) leader, earned second team honors.
In his first year as offensive coordinator, the Rams offense had two of the programs most prolific receivers in C.J. Akins and Pecikonis. Each had career highs for catches in a season and both eclipsed the 2,000 yardage mark for the career. It is only the fourth and fifth receivers in program history to hit the 2,000 yard mark.
The Zachary, La., native coached at NCAA Division II Central Missouri for four years after previously serving as an assistant at the University of Washington and the University of Houston, NCAA Division I institutions. He’s also coached at the junior college level—Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Mesabi Range (Minn.) Community College—and at the high school level at Aberdeen (S.D.) Central.
At Central Missouri as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator, Aych mentored Delanie Walker, a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate as one of the top NCAA Division II football players and eventual selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Aych helped three players garner all-conference honors in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
Prior to coaching the Mules, Aych spent two seasons at Washington on the other side of the line of scrimmage, assisting with the outside linebackers and punters as a graduate assistant. Aych coached two Huskies—linebackers Marquis Cooper and Greg Carothers—who signed NFL contracts. Cooper was an All-Pac 10 selection in 2003 and a fourth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While at the University of Houston, Aych coached running back Joffrey Reynolds who was was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year by Sporting News. Reynolds rushed for over 1,500 yards in 2002.
Aych earned three letters as a wide receiver at Northern State University in Aberdeen and was an All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Honorable Mention selection. He earned a degree in sociology and criminal justice from NSU in 1996, and met his wife, Gwyn, in college. They have two children, Tommy and Katelyn.