Superintendent comments on meeting with Niroumand

Fred Hayes
Fred Hayes

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes said he had a "good discussion" with Farshid Niroumand Thursday morning regarding the future of the athletic program.

Hayes and Niroumand met at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss the future of the program and its leadership.

"Coach Niroumand and I both want what is best for the district and I believe this was a positive step in bringing a good resolution to our current issue," Hayes stated in a press release.

Hayes said all options, including possibly having Niroumand continue as athletic director for the remainder of his contract, are still on the table.

Hayes stated conversations will continue between the two.

The "Fash" is what the slight built man is often called. Dana Britton heard it often as a high school student.

"I was his manager for the soccer team for one season," Britton said.

When the turmoil surrounding the popular coach's future surfaced, the graphic designer had his former coach on his mind. Creativity took over.

"Just sat down and I immediately had this idea," Britton said.

The finished product is modest, but powerful. Just like the man.

"I started building some layers and some depth into it," Britton said. "That was it. Pow,pow, pow."

The logo went viral as soon as Britton posted it to Facebook.

"Actually wasn't even going to post it, you know, I was just kinda sitting there looking at it and thinking about Fash and I was kinda sad that all that was happening to him because after a career like that he doesn't deserve to go out like that," Britton said. "So I said, 'Yeah, I'll go ahead and post it and maybe someone will get something out of it.'"

Within minutes people were downloading Fash for profile pictures, posters, and T-shirts. It's now the symbol behind a movement that's embroiled a community. Farshid is learning how much people truly admire him.

"He is right under their nose," Britton said. "That man, most character of any I've ever met in my life, probably. And now it's great he's able to see that happening and see it. It's amazing."

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