The Palestine Herald-Press sports department has a new leader at its helm.
Bryan Urbach, a native of Coppell and graduate of Oklahoma State University, joined the Herald-Press staff this past Monday, and will take over sports editor duties Monday.
He replaces outgoing sports editor Justin Rains, who is leaving the newspaper after almost three years as sports editor.
“We’re happy to have Bryan join our newsroom staff,” Herald-Press Managing Editor Angie Alvarado said. “He brings an excitement and enthusiasm to the position and we’re glad to have him on board. We’re expecting good things from him.”
A diehard sports fan, Urbach comes to Palestine almost straight from Stillwater, Okla. — where Oklahoma State is located — after graduating in the spring.
He didn’t waste anytime jumping on to the Herald-Press pages, penning a story for Thursday’s paper, as well as taking photographs of area football workouts last week.
“I’m most excited about the chance to do what I love,” Urbach said. “I’m fresh out of college and getting a major in what I love, and it’s awesome that I get to do this for a living. Not many people get to do what they love as a job, and I get to.”
Urbach added that it didn’t take long for Palestine and the surrounding area to leave a positive impression on him.
“It’s an awesome little small town,” he said. “Coming from Stillwater, also a small town, I think this one has a little bit more charm and a little bit more flavor to it. I like that.”
Urbach’s first major project will be the annual Dogwood Circle football preview magazine, a staple to area football fans.
The idea of putting his stamp on such a big endeavor early on does nothing but excite him, he said.
“I’m really excited about the magazine,” he said. “I think its a great opportunity to put my words and thoughts onto an entire production.”
Urbach can be reached via email at email@example.com