Texas High School Football Coaching Changes

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Class 6A

School2017 RecordOld Coach New CoachNotes
Aldine Eisenhower4-5Kerry BamburgEric JacksonBamburg reassigned after five years and a 26-27 record, his best year was 2015 when Ike when 8-4. Eisenhower promotes defensive assistant Eric Jackson to HFC on January 27.
Aldine MacArthur2-6Andy GarzaWayne CrawfordGarza reassigned after five seasons and a 13-34 record. MacArthur promotes QB Coach Wayne Crawford, a thirty year veteran of coaching who has spent much of his time in California before coming to Texas three years ago.
Alvin3-6Robert WilcoxN/AWilcox announces his retirement after a 24 year stint as a Head Coach, he posted a 142-117 record in sotps at Alvin, Kingsville, Round Rock McNeil, Huntsville, Royse City and Arp.
Austin Anderson1-9Jeff RhoadsN/ARhoads steps down after four years at Anderson, he posted an 11-30 record leading the Trojans.
Buda Hays Consolidated4-7Neal LaHueN/ALaHue announces his retirement after five years at Hays Consolidated where he posted a 25-28. He has previously had a stint as HFC at San Antonio Roosevelt and has been an assistant at Corpus Christi Calallen, Kerrville Tivy and Seguin.
Clear Brook5-4Mike AllisonN/AAllison departs after three years at Clear Brook to take over at Pearland Dawson, he leaves with a 16-16 record, the highlight was an 8-5 mark in 2016.
Clear Creek3-6Darrell WardenDwayne LaneWarden announced his retirement in August, he spent 13 years as head coach at Clear Creek and prior to that he spent time as an assistant at Clear Creek, Clear Lake and Baytown Lee. South Houston HC Dwayne Lane hired on January 22.
Conroe1-8Robert WalkerCedric HardemanWalker announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017 season; he retired with a 138-103-1 overall record. Conroe hires Alief Taylor DC Hardeman on December 20.
Dallas Skyline4-6Derick RobersonN/ARoberson departs Skyline after three years and a 18-15 record to take over as the first head coach at Frisco Memorial.
Deer Park6-4Chris MasseyAustin FlynnMassey, who was HFC at Deer Park for 14 years announced his retirement on December 13. He posted a 94-55 record at DPHS and had just two losing seasons. Massey was an assistant at Katy prior to his tenure at Deer Park and was a part of three state title teams and one state runner up team. DPISD brings in Grand View University OC and DPHS alum Austin Flynn on January 29.
DeSoto10-2Todd PetermanN/APeterman resigns at DeSoto after three years and a 32-8 record, he led the Eagles to the 2016 state championship.
Donna North1-9Matthew RokovichJoe MarichalarRokovich retires after a two year stint at Donna North where he posted a 3-17 record. He had a 34 year career in athletics as an assistant at Laredo Martin, Brackett, Donna and Weslaco among others. Former Edcouch-Elsa HC Marichalar hired on January 9.
Edinburg North5-6Rene SaenzDamian Gonzalez
Saenz was reassigned after four years and a 17-26 record at Edinburg North. Baseball Coach Gonzalez named HFC on February 6.
Fort Worth Paschal0-10Matt MiracleN/AMiracle is out after three years at Paschal, he posted a 5-25 mark.
Grand Prairie5-6Gary BartelN/ABartel, who led GPHS to their first playoff appearance in 28 years is promoted to GPISD AD. Bartel, who was a college assistant for 28 years had been the HFC at his alma mater for 14 years.
Humble Summer Creek7-4Brian FordKenny HarrisonFord, who is the only coach Summer Creek has known announced his retirement on January 5. He posted a 54-32 record, including back to back 11-1 seasons in 2012 and 2013. Summer Creek brings in Port Arthur Memorial HC Kenny Harrison on February 14.
Katy Seven Lakes4-6
Lydell Wilson
N/AWilson, who won a state title as a HFC at Rosenberg Lamar is reassigned after six years and a 30-31 record.
Katy Taylor6-5Trey HermannChad SimmonsHermann was placed on administrative leave in September and ultimately reassigned within Katy ISD. Joe Sheffy took over mid-season as an interim and led Taylor to the area playoffs. Katy ISD hires longtime Cinco Ranch OC Chad Simmons on January 15. Simmons had been DC at Cinco Ranch since 2004 and has spent the past 18 years at Cinco.
Killeen Ellison5-6Trent GregoryN/AGregory anounces his retirement after 33 years in education, including five at Ellison where he turned around a program that
Kyle Lehman1-9Josh KirklandN/AKirkland departs Lehman after just one year to take an assistant job at the University of Incarnate Word.
Laredo Alexander6-6Joel LopezSergio SalinasLopez reassigned after twelve seasons and a 78-64 record at Laredo Alexander. Alexander stays inside of United ISD and brings in Laredo United South HC Sergio Salinas in on January 24.
Laredo United South4-7Sergio SalinasN/ASalinas departs United South after six years and a 32-34 record to take over at Laredo Alexander. The highlight was a 10-3 record in 2016.
McKinney7-4Jeff SmithN/ASmith departs McKinney after eight years and a 28-53 record to take a job as the assistant AD at Prosper ISD.
New Braunfels Canyon2-8Joe MoczygembaJoe LepsisMoczygemba took over in July 2014 after 21 years as an assistant at Smithson Valley. He posted a 9-31 record in four years at Canyon, he's moving to an administrative role in Comal ISD. Canyon hires Wylie East HC Joe Lepsis who compiled a 51-39 mark in eight years at Wylie East.
Pasadena Dobie3-6Mike NormanKevin Berneathy
Norman resigns on November 16 after three years at Dobie. He posted an 11-19 record. Pasadena ISD names Angleton OC Kevin Bernaeathy HFC on February 7.
Pasadena South Houston5-4Dwayne LaneN/ALane departs after five years to take over at Clear Creek. He led SoHo to the playoffs in his final two seasons.
Pearland5-4James FarmerRicky TullosLongtime HC Tony Heath retired in June 2017; Farmer was quickly named interim HC for 2017. He is still a contender to get the job on a full time basis. In steps George Ranch HC Ricky Tullos who posted a 59-17 mark in six years, including a state title in 2015.
Pearland Dawson6-4Eric WellsMike AllisonWells announced he would be moving to Pearland ISD Assistant AD in September. He's the only coach Dawson has known; in 2009 and 2011 he led Dawson to the state semi-finals in 4A and in 6A in 2014 he led the Eagles to the state semi-finals. He was 90-35 in his ten seasons at Pearland Dawson. Dawson brings in former DC, Clear Brook HC Mike Allison to take over.
Richmond George Ranch6-4Ricky TullosN/ATullos, who opened George Ranch departs to take over at Pearland after six stellar seasons posting a 59-17 mark, including leading GRHS to the 2015 5A Division I state title.
San Antonio Taft2-8Brian DavenportRicky Stade
Davenport retires after thirteen seasons at Taft where he posted a 38-93 record. Northside ISD brings in San Antonio O'Connor DC Ricky Stade to take over on February 5.
The Woodlands7-2Mark SchmidN/ASchmid resigned his post on January 18 after 14 seasons as the HFC at The Woodlands. He has spent the last 30 years at TWHS as either an asisstant or HFC. He led The Woodlands to the 2016 state title game.
Waxahachie8-5Jon KitnaN/AKitna resigned his post on February 9 after three years and a 20-13 record at Waxahachie.

Class 5A

School2017 RecordOld Coach New CoachNotes
Amarillo6-5Mel MaxfieldChad DunnamMaxfield resigns after eight years in Amarillo; he posted a 68-29 record at AHS with his best season being a 10-3 mark in 2012. Amarillo as expected hired Dumas HC Chad Dunnam on January 22.
Austin LBJ7-4Andrew JacksonN/AJackson, a main stay in the Austin area passed away on December 12 after battle with cancer. Despite his failing health, Coach Jackson managed to coach his team to a playoff appearance. He spent time as a HC in Lancaster and at Austin Reagan where he led the Raiders to the state semi-finals in 2001.
Austin McCallum14-1Charles TaylorN/ATaylor departs McCallum after four years and an impressive 35-13 record to take over at nearby Pflugerville.
Brownsville Lopez8-3Jason StarkeyN/AStarkey, a former NFL player resigns after five years at Lopez to go into the private sector. He posted a 20-32 record at LHS, but the past two years the Lobos were a solid 15-7.
Edcouch-Elsa5-5Joe MarichalarBradley ChavezMarichalar reassigned after five seasons at the helm, the Edcouch alum led the 'Jackets to the third round of the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. He posted a 37-21 mark at Edcouch-Elsa. Edcouch hires Kingsville Academy HC Bradley Chavez on December 18.
Everman7-4Dale KeelingDale MatlockKeeling wraps up a stellar 20 year career at Everman, where he won two state titles, made three other state semi-final runs and three quarter-final appearances. In eleven of his twenty years at Everman, the Bulldogs advanced to at least the third round of the playoffs. Keeling retires with 237 career wins. Longtime DC Matlock promoted to HFC/AD on December 18.
Fort Worth Polytechnic
Chris Roberts
N/ARoberts is reassigned after four seasons leading the Parrots.
Frisco MemorialN/AN/ADerick RobersonFrisco Memorial named Dallas Skyline HC Derick Roberson as the school's first football coach on February 12.
Joshua4-6Mike BurtGary RobinsonBurt moves into an AD only role at Joshua after a five year stint as HFC and AD. Joshua hires former Krum HC Gary Robinson on December 21.
Lubbock2-8Jason StrunkN/AStrunk resigns his post at Lubbock High after seven seasons; he led the Westerners to the playoffs in 2012 breaking a 36 year post-season drought.
Manvel14-1Kirk MartinN/AMartin resigns his post after a tremendous run at Manvel posting a 112-30 record in eleven seasons and taking Manvel to two state title games. Martin is leaving to take a position coach job at the college level.
Mission Pioneer6-5Jason WheelerThomas LeeWheeler, who is the only coach Pioneer has known was relieved of his duties after four years and a 23-19 record. He led Pioneer to a district title in just their third year of varsity football in 2016. Athletic Coordinator and Track Coach Thomas Lee, who was a HC at Mission previously tabbed to take the reins of the football program on January 22.
Mount Pleasant2-8Corey HomerRitchie PinkardHomer resigns after three years and a 7-24 record, the Tigers advanced to the playoffs in 2016. Ennis assistant coach Pinkard hired on December 18, Pinkard prior to his time in Ennis was HFC at Callisburg.
Port Arthur Memorial8-2Kenny HarrisonN/AHarrison departs his native Port Arthur after nine seasons leading the Memorial program where he posted a 69-36 record to take over at Humble Summer Creek.
Pflugerville2-8George HerrmannCharles TaylorHerrmann shortly before the end of the season announced his retirement after 21 years at Pflugerville, he led the Panthers to the 5A state championship game in 2007. PISD hires Austin McCallum HC Charles Taylor on February 14.
Red Oak2-8Brian BrownChris RossBrown retires after a 28 year coaching career, he won a pair of state titles at Texarkana Liberty-Eylau as an assistant in 1999 and 2006. Brown spent three years as HC at Liberty-Eylau before his four year stint at Red Oak. ROSID names Boise State Director of Program Development Chris Ross HFC on January 22. Ross, who is best known for a seven year run as HFC at Cedar Park also has been a HFC at Wichita Falls and Prosper.
San Antonio Kennedy0-10Michael IncoN/AInco departs Kennedy after four years and a 6-34 record.
San Antonio McCollum0-10Greg FeluxN/AAfter a difficult 0-10 campaign Felux has resigned his post. He was 7-24 in three years at McCollum.
Willis2-7Audie JacksonMike Wall
Jackson was reassigned on December 8 after ten years and a 51-52 record at Willis. He led the Wildkats to the playoffs five times. Before taking over Willis had won just one game between 2005-2007 and he departs as the longest tenured coach in school history. Lake Travis OC Mike Wall hired on February 7.
Wylie East2-8Joe LepsisMike DormadyLepsis departs Wylie East after eight years and a 51-39 record to take over at New Braunfels Canyon. He's the only coach the school has known since it began varsity football in 2010. East moves very quickly in naming Boerne HC Mike Dormady HC on January 30.

Class 4A

School2017 RecordOld Coach New CoachNotes
Boerne8-3Mike DormadyN/ADormady departs Boerne after six years posting a 37-27 record, he will take over at Class 5A Wylie East.
Kyle MaxfieldN/AMaxfield departs Brownwood after two years and a 12-10 record to take over at nearby Bangs.
Dallas Roosevelt3-7Randall JohnsonN/AJohnson departs after four years and a 6-34 record at Roosevelt.
Dumas9-2Chad DunnamAaron DunnamChad Dunnam departs Dumas after five years and a 31-22 record to take over at Amarillo High. Dumas moves quickly and names DC Aaron Dunnam, Chad's brother to be their next HFC.
Giddings5-6Chris JonesN/AJones departs Giddings after seven years to take over at Pecos. Jones posted a 51-29 record including and 11-3 mark in 2016 and a 12-1 mark in 2015.
La Marque6-6Mike JacksonShone EvansJackson departs La Marque after seven years and a 64-23 record to take over at Conroe Grand Oaks. Texas City Assistant HC Shone Evans hired on January 29.
Lake Worth2-9Keri TimmermanN/ATimmerman resigns after three years and a 9-24 record.
Mabank1-9Mickey ThompsonZach HudsonThompson steps aside after three years and a 3-26 record. Prior to his promotion to HFC he was the OC at Mabank. Mabank hires Howe HC Zach Hudson to lead the way.
Monahans9-3Mickey OwensN/AOwens announces his retirement after a stellar career in which he posted a 173-69 record. In 13 years at Monahans Owens compiled a 121-41 mark.
Navasota6-5Patrick GoodmanN/AGoodman departs after two years and an 8-14 mark at Navasota.
Orange Grove5-6Scotty PughN/APugh departs Orange Grove after two seasons and a 12-10 record.
Pearsall10-1David SilvaN/ASilva departs Pearsall after five years and a 33-22 record to take over at Cotulla.
Pecos5-5Chris HensonChris JonesHenson moves into a role as principal after twelves years as Head Coach at Pecos. He posted a 59-65 record at Pecos. Pecos hires Giddings HC Chris Jones on January 18.
Robstown0-10Richard KattnerN/AKattner resigns after three years at a 4-26 record at Robstown.
Waco LaVega14-1Willie WilliamsDon HydeWilliams, who has 214 wins as a Head Coach, including a state title in 2015 announced on Janaury 9 he'd move into a role of AD Only. He also led the Pirates to the 2008 state title game, he has been at LaVega since 1983 and Head Coach at the school since 1990. Longtime DC Don Hyde is tabbed as Williams' replacement.

Class 3A

School2017 RecordOld Coach New CoachNotes
Bangs0-10Jim BirdKyle MaxfieldBird resigns after three seasons and a 2-27 record at Bangs. Bangs lands a homerun hire in Kyle Maxfield from nearby Brownwood who will look to turn the Dragons around.
Bonham3-7Tony JohnsonN/AJohnson resigns after three years in Bonham; he posted a 5-26 record, leading Bonham to the playoffs in 2016. BISD is splitting the AD/HFC duties.
Cooper 4-7Ronnie GreenRod CastorenaGreen moves into administration after eleven years and a 58-64 record at Cooper. His best season was a 12-1 mark in 2013. Gunter DC Rod Castorena hired on February 7.
Cotulla4-6Kelly ShullDavid SilvaShull, a legend in South Texas coaching circles steps down after leading Cotulla for two years. Cotulla brings in Pearsall HC David Silva who formally accepted the job on February 5.
Dimmitt1-9Steve GunterAaron ManousGunter, who suffered a stroke in Sept. steps down to continue to try and get back to health. He led Dimmitt for seven years posting a 25-46 record and led DHS to their first playoff appearance in forty years in 2016. Pampa OL Coach Aaron Manous hired on January 15.
Eustace6-4Heath RagleN/ARagle reassigned after five years and a 22-28 record at Eustace.
Ganado2-6Keith WrightBrent BennettWright resigned iust two games into the season, Wright had spent 23 years as a Head Coach including a state title in Farmersville in 2007. He posted a 164-88 record as a Head Coach. Bay City OC Bennett hired on January 29.
Howe1-9Zack HudsonN/AHowe departs after five years and a 30-28 record to take over at 4A Mabank.
Kingsville Academy2-8Bradley ChavezIvory DillardChavez departs after one year to take over at Class 5A Edcouch-Elsa. Academy will be looking for their third head coach in three seasons. Nevada Community assistant head coach Ivory Dillard was officially named to lead the Lions on January 24.
Kirbyville3-6Todd DoughtyCraig JonesDoughty resigns after just one season at Kirbyville, the Wildcats will be on their third coach in as many seasons in 2018. West Orange-Stark assistant coach and head baseball coach Jones hired on February 12.
Little River Academy3-7Mike NicholsPaul WilliamsAfter eight years at LRA (second longest in school history), Nichols moves into a role as the district's athletic director and middle school principal. DC Paul Williams promoted to HFC.
Maypearl7-4Tal SandersSam Riepe
Sanders, who has spent time as a HC at Ferris and Lake Worth among other spots announced his retirement. He spent three years at MHS and posted a 17-15 record. DC Riepe promoted to HFC in early February.
Monte Alto2-8Amos SalasN/ASalas out after one season leading Monte Alto, the Blue Devils will be on their fourth HC in the past four seasons and in just seven years of varsity football they've had five different head coaches.
Muleshoe5-7David WoodLee WalkerWood announced his retirement shortly after the Mules were eliminated from the playoffs. He spent 22 years as HC at Muleshoe with a 184-79 record. He led the Mules to the state title in 2008 and two other state semi-final appearances. Plainview DC Lee Walker named HFC/AD on January 22.
Natalia9-2Chad GravesIlyan MartinezGraves departs Natalia after six years and a 22-39 record. He led the Mustangs to their best season in years in 2017. DC Martinez promoted to HFC/AD on February 12.
New Boston1-9Craig FantN/ANew Boston will be on their third HC in as many years as Fant departs after just one year.
New Diana10-4Robbie CoplinTravis ChrismanCoplin after leading NDHS to their best season in school history departs to take over in Monticello, Arkansas. Coplin was 13-11 in two years at New Diana. Coplin is an Arkansas native and led New Diana to the quarter-finals just two years after an 0-10 season. OC Travis Chrisman promoted to HFC.
Palacios2-6Jeff DoegeChad GravesDoege is reassigned at PHS after two years and a 2-16 record. Natalia HC Chad Graves named HFC on January 26.
Palestine Westwood1-9Kevin HayesN/AHayes announces his retirement after 34 years in coaching. He's best known for a 15 year run at Teague, in four years at Westwood he was 17-25.
Queen City3-7Justin BurkN/ABurk is out after three years and a 5-25 mark at Queen City.
San Angelo Grape Creek1-10Justin MuellerTanner ThielMueller resigns after one season at Grape Creek, GCISD moves quickly to promote DC Thiel to his first HFC/AD position on January 22.
Stanton2-9John PetersonN/APeterson resigns his post after nine seasons at Stanton where he posted a 38-56 record.

Class 2A

School2017 RecordOld Coach New CoachNotes
Alto4-7Paul GouldRicky Joe MeeksAfter five years Gould was reassigned by Alto ISD, he led Alto to a 43-17 record in five years. Tatum OC Meeks hired January 29.
Amarillo Highland Park1-9Craig ShoresN/AShores announced his retirement on December 18, he had a career record of 128-122 including stops as a HFC at Amarillo River Road and Borger in addition to HPHS.
Bruni3-8Roberto SilgueroOdell JamesBruni will be on their fourth coach in four years as Silguero steps down after just one year. Former Baylor QB and South Oak Cliff assistant coach Odell James hired on January 17.
Chico4-7Lane WilsonN/AWilson departs after three seasons and a 12-20 record at Chico.
Iraan8-5Mark KirchhoffN/AKirchhoff announces his retirement after six highly successful years in Iraan posting a 62-15 record and leading the Braves to the 2016 state title game. He spent sixteen years at Falls City, leading them to the 2010 state title. He retires with a career record of 223-91.
Itasca1-9Kevin AutenClinton WallaceAuten resigns after three years leading the Wampus Cats; he was 3-27. Wallace, who was the boys basketball coach has been promoted to AD and he will also lead the football program in 2018.
Miles2-8Chad CurrieN/ACurrie announced his resignation on February 12; he posted a 21-34 record in five years.
Olney0-10Mark YoungJody GuyYoung was reassigned after four years and a 1-39 record at Olney. Young had spent two years at Electra where he posted a 13-8 mark. Olney hires Shamrock HC Jody Guy on February 5.
Quanah1-8David FambroughN/AFambrough departs Quanah after three seasons and a 12-22 record. Fambrough led Seymour to a state title in 2009.
Runge3-8Kyle BlalockAbe VargasBlalock resigns at Runge after two years and a 4-17 record. Runge brings in Cameron Yoe OC Vargas on February 5.
Jody GuyN/AGuy departs Shamrock after nine years and a 25-70 record to take over at 2A Division I Olney.
Shelbyville2-8Charles TindolDavid BenbowTindol, who took over in December of 2016 is let go after one year at Shelbyville. Shelbyville names Shepherd OC David Benbow HC in late January.
Sundown10-2Steve SmithN/ASmith steps down at Sundown after four years and a 25-21 record.
Sunray4-6Kurt HaberthurMatthew StricklandHaberthur reassigned after seven years at Sunray where he posted a 43-32 record. Sunray hires Cloudcroft, NM HC Matthew Strickland on December 13, he spent time as an assistant at Lamesa and Seminole as well.
Weimar4-7David HusemannRyan McIverHusemann retires after 26 years as a head coach at Schulenburg, Gladewater and Weimar. His overall record is 216-96-1 and won two state titles at Schulenburg in 1991 and 1992. Texas City DC McIver hired on January 29.

New Schools

School2017 RecordOld Coach New CoachNotes
Conroe Grand OaksN/AN/AMike JacksonConroe ISD's sixth high school will open next year and begin varsity football in 2020. Conroe ISD hires LaMarque HC Mike Jackson on December 19, he spent seven years at LaMarque and prior to that tenure was HC at Houston Chavez.
Montgomery Lake CreekN/AN/APat KennedyMontgomery ISD's second high school begins varsity football in 2018. They hire The Woodlands DC Pat Kennedy on January 23 as their first ever HFC.

Class 1A

Class 1A (six-man) coaching changes compiled by Leman Saunders. Have coaching news to pass along? Contact Leman Saunders on Twitter!

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