Texas High School Football Coaching Changes

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Class 6A

School2016 RecordOld CoachNew CoachNotes
Aldine0-10James Kowalewski Hank SemlerKowalewski resigns after two years and a 2-18 record to take a position outside of coaching. DL Coach Hank Semler promoted to HFC. Semler has previous HC experience at North Forney where he was 2-9 in his only season.
Belton8-4Bob ShipleyN/AShipley announced his retirement on January 6; he spent 32 years as a coach including 17 as a HC at Rotan, Burnet, Coppell, Brownwood and Belton. He posted a 145-62 record as a HC including 2 trips to the state title game at Burnet in 2002 and 2003.
Beaumont West Brook11-2Kevin FlaniganN/AFlanigan departs West Brook after five years and a 32-23 record to take over at Class 5A Tomball.
Cedar Hill11-3Joey McGuireN/AMcGuire ends a wildly successful run at Cedar Hill to join the staff at Baylor. Before McGuire took over in 2002, Cedar Hill had never won a playoff game in school history. After 14 years he leaves CHHS with 3 state titles, another title game appearance and a 141-42 record.
Cibolo Steele14-2Scott LehnhoffN/ALehnhoff is promoted to SCUCISD Athletic Director after four wildly successful years at Steele where he posted a 52-8 record including two semi-final trips and a trip to the title game in 2016.
Houston King1-9Don PriceN/APrice is out after 5 years at CE King he posted a 26-28 record. In 2014-2015 King was 19-5, but they struggled in their first year at the 6A level winning just one game.
Houston Sam Houston1-9Mike WatkinsN/AWatkins resigns after one year, Sam Houston will be on their 5th head coach in five years.
Houston Strake Jesuit5-5James ClancyN/AClancy departs Strake after five years and a 19-34 record to take over at Klein Cain. Clancy was the OC at Klein Oak prior to taking the Strake Jesuit post in 2012.
Katy Morton Ranch5-6Dave MeadowsRon CounterMeadows after a 40 year career as a HC in TX, KS and OK announced his retirement. Meadows was 36-49 in eight years at MRHS. Former Stafford HC Ron Counter hired by KISD on January 17.
Killeen Shoemaker0-10Johnnie FairN/AAfter one year Killeen Shoemaker and Fair part ways, Shoemaker will have their third HC in three years in 2017.
Klein Oak7-4David SmithN/ASmith resigned on Nov. 28 after a lengthy tenure at Klein Oak; he took the Panthers to the State Quarter-Final round twice.
Laredo LBJ1-9Oki VillasenorAlfonso CalderonA veteran of South Texas coaching, Villasenor resigns his post at LBJ after nine years and a 30-61 record. LBJ brings Calderon out of the United ISD athletic director's office to take over. Calderon was the assistant AD in United ISD last year.
Mesquite3-7Robbie RobinsonN/ARobinson announced his retirement on January 13, a Messquite High alum Robinson had been at MHS since 1989 and spent the last nine years as HC posting a 40-56 record. His best years were 2011 when MHS went 7-6 and 2012 when the Skeeters were 11-1.
Midland9-3Craig YenzerN/AYenzer retires after 15 years at Midland High he led the Bulldogs to the state title game in 2002, he was also HC at Hereford from 1992-2001, leading HHS to the state title game in 1999. Yenzer was 103-70 in his 15 years at Midland High.
PSJA3-7Steve MarroquinLupe RodriguezMarroquin posted a 16-25 record in his four seasons at the helm, he led the Bears to one playoff appearance in 2014. PSJA hires Mission Vets OC Lupe Rodriguez on December 19.
PSJA Southwest4-6Jesus ReyesMike EvansReyes, the only coach Southwest has known resigned shortly after the 2016 season. In five years starting the Southwest program he posted a 16-34 record. Brownsville Vets DC Mike Evans hired on December 19.
Round Rock Cedar Ridge11-1Shawn BellN/ABell leaves Cedar Ridge after one very successful season to take a job on the new Baylor coaching staff.
San Antonio Holmes5-5Eddie SalasN/ASalas departs Holmes after four years and a 9-31 record. After two winless seasons Salas saw HHS improve to 4-6 and 5-5 in 2015-2016.
San Antonio Reagan9-2David WetzelLyndon HamiltonWetzel leaves Reagan after 13 years to join the football ops staff at Baylor, he had a 115-42 record at RHS, he also was HC at Killeen from 2000-2003. Reagan promotes DC Lyndon Hamilton on January 9.
Spring9-3Sam ParkerN/AParker, who took over at Spring High at the age of 29 departs after seven years and a 41-38 record, however SHS was 30-9 the past three years.
The Woodlands College Park1-9Richard CarsonN/ACarson, the only HC College Park has ever known announced his retirement on January 11. Carson spent 11 yrs at CPHS posting a 46-66 record and overall as a HC he was 110-80 as he had several successful years at Aldine Eisenhower.
Weatherford2-8Weldon NelmsN/ANelms retires after an impressive 30 year run as a HFC and two state titles at Wimberley.
Wolfforth Frenship5-6Brad DavisJay NorthcuttIn a surprise move Davis resigns after 11 years and a 102-34 record on the High Plains. Plainview native and former Sachse OC Northcutt hired for his first HC position on January 16.

Class 5A

School2016 RecordOld CoachNew CoachNotes
Brownsville Porter0-10Tom CamposN/ACampos a longtime Brownsville ISD coach resigned to take an opportunity outside of coaching.
Bryan Rudder2-8Will ComptonN/ACompton, who has been a successful assisatnt at multiple programs resigned after three seasons in Bryan. Rudder was 6-24 in three seasons under Compton.
College Station A&M Consolidated8-4David RaffieldN/ARaffield resigned after six years in College Station posting a 46-26 record.
Corpus Christi Carroll5-6Jerry LongN/AAfter one season in Corpus, Long resigns his post.
El Paso Austin0-10Rodney RyanN/ARyan has resigned after three difficult seasons going 3-37; AHS was winless in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and currently is on a 20 game losing streak.
El Paso Hanks0-10Kevin JonesN/AJones, who has experience as a college assistant resigned after three years and a 9-21 record.
El Paso Jefferson2-8Jim ClarkN/AClark resigns at Jefferson after five seasons and a 13-37 record. Jefferson is in the process of construction of a new on campus stadium.
Houston Madison8-3Pat ReineckeN/AReinecke, who took over for legendary Ray Seals in 2011 is reassigned after six years and a 37-28 record.
Nederland4-6Larry NeumannN/ANeumann retires from NHS effective 1/31/17 in 24 years he compiled a 186-93-1 record and led the Bulldogs to the state semi-finals in 2001.
North Forney4-6Lance GaryN/AAfter having 3 different HC's in 3 years; Gary gave NFHS stability lasting 5 years and posting a 12-38 record.
Texarkana Texas10-1Barry NortonN/AAfter 18 years and an impressive 176-32-1 record at Texas High, Norton moves across town to Arkansas High. Norton led the Tigers to the 2002 4A Div. I State Championship.
Tomball2-8Danny RamseyKevin FlaniganRamsey who took THS to the area playoffs in his first year; resigns after five years and a 19-33 record. Tomball hires Flanigan on January 12, Flanigan was 32-23 in five years at Beaumont West Brook, prior to that Flanigan has had stints at Crosby, Orangefield and Troup as HC.
Tomball Memorial6-4Finis VanoverSam ParkerVanover, who started the program at Memorial is out after 5 years, he posted a 22-29 record and led Memorial to the playoffs in 2013. Memorial brings in Spring HC Sam Parker to take over on January 17.
Tuloso-Midway1-9Brian BooneN/ABoone resigns after five years at T-M, he was 13-37.
Waco University0-10Keith WillisN/AWillis announced his retirement shortly after end of the 2016 season, he was 1-39 in four seasons in South Waco. UHS is currently mired in a 36 game losing streak.

Class 4A

School2016 RecordOld CoachNew CoachNotes
Big Spring0-9Clint FinleyMitch McLemoreFinley and BISD part ways on the Monday after the end of the regular season; he was winless in his only season at Big Spring. BSISD brings in Junction HC Mitch McLemore on December 21.
Borger1-9James DayN/AJames Day was reassigned after 5 years and a 13-39 record at Borger.
Brazosport1-9Ben RudolphMike FerrellRudolph was reassigned after five years at the helm in Freeport, he posted an 8-42 record. North Forest HFC Mike Ferrell hired on January 17.
Bridgeport3-7Danny HensonN/AA fixture in Bridgeport, Henson retires after 24 years leading BHS. He amassed a 151-121-1 record in Wise County and led Bridgeport to the state semi-finals in 2001 and a 12-1 record in 2008.
Brookshire Royal2-8Eric RobinsonN/ARobinson out after three years and a 4-26 record at Brookshire Royal.
Burkburnett1-9Scott BoswellJason MengBoswell resigned from Burkburnett after eight years and a 29-58 record. BISD hires former Granger HC Jason Meng on Jan 19, Meng was previously an assistant at nearby Wichita Falls Rider.
Fort Worth Diamond Hill0-10Rob AbernathieN/AAbernathie announced his retirement after 32 years coaching; Diamond Hill is one of the state's toughest jobs as the Eagles haven’t made the playoffs since 1954.
Houston North Forest9-3Mike FerrellN/AFerrell departs NFHS after four years and a 33-13 record to take over at Brazosport.
Huntington2-8Brian GandyN/AGandy resigns at HHS after two years and a 5-15 record. Huntington has never made the playoffs in football.
La Vernia2-9Scott GrubbN/AThe Bears will have their fourth head coach in four years in 2017 as interim HC Grubb announced he would retire from coaching and not pursue the HFC position full time.
Levelland10-4Jared SandersonN/ASanderson departs Levelland after four years and a 27-20-1 record, he led Levelland to the State Quarter-Finals in 2016.
Liberty Hill8-4Jerry VanceN/AVance retires after 16 years as HC at Liberty Hill where he posted a 164-57 record; he led LHHS to the state title in 2006 and 2007 and is one of the true pioneers of the Slot-T offense.
Midland Greenwood7-3Shad HannaJared SandersonHanna resigns after 7 years and a 41-35 record; he spent four prior years at Alpine and had a 31-12 record. Greenwood hires Levelland HC Jared Sanderson on January 19.
Pleasanton6-4Tab DumontStephen LiskaDumont moves to full time AD at Pleasanton after 19 years as HFC at PHS where he compiled a 121-88 record. DC Liska promoted to HFC.
Port Isabel9-2Monty StumbaughN/AStumbaugh and Port Isabel part ways after 16 seasons and a 124-64 record. Stumbaugh led PIHS to the state semi-finals in 2003 and the state quarter-finals in 2012.
Princeton5-6Lee WilkinsClint SurattWilkins resigned after four years at Princeton and a 29-16 mark. Princeton hires Frisco Lone Star OC Clint Surratt to HFC on January 13.
Sanger6-5Chuck GalbreathCole FordGalbreath promoted to AD only and OC Cole Ford promoted to HFC.
Sealy3-7Jason HolcombShane MobleyHolcomb, who took Lexington to a pair of state title appearances, didn’t find the same success at Sealy, he resigned after 4 years and a 19-24 record. Sealy brings in Sweetwater HC Mobley who departs the Big Country after five successful seasons.
Stafford9-5Ron CounterN/ACounter departs after four of the best seasons in school history posting a 38-12 record, SHS advanced to the 4A Div. I Quarter-Finals in 2016.
Sweetwater13-2Shane MobleyN/AMobley, who led Sweetwater to the state title game in 2016 departs for Sealy after five years and an impressive 46-16 record.

Class 3A

School2016 RecordOld CoachNew CoachNotes
Commerce2-8Jeff ClevelandN/ACleveland, a 13 year head coaching veteran at El Paso Hanks and Commerce resigned to move into administration. He posted a 14-19 record in three years at CHS.
Cotulla1-9Kelly ShullN/AShull a long time vet of South TX coaching was coaxed out of retirement to lead Cotulla on an interim basis last year.
Hardin0-10Tod StarkLarry HaynesStark was put on administrative leave in late September after little more than a year on the job. He advised DCTF he would not be back for the 2017 season. Hardin rehires Haynes who coached at HHS until 2012, he retired after the 2014 season after a 2 year stint at Lumberton.
Hearne5-6Andrew DailyN/ADaily was interim coach in 2016, led Hearne to the playoffs in 2016 after 20 straight losses. He is under consideration to become full time HFC/AD.
Ingram Moore0-10Jeff KowalskiDuane KroekerJeff Kowalski resigned his post after 7 years and a 26-47 record; his best year was a 10-3 mark in 2014. Former DC Croeker hired to take over, he had been in administration at Ingram ISD.
Littlefield9-4Bryan HusemanN/AHuseman announced his retirement on January 11, he spent 26 years at Littlefield 10 as head boys basketball coach and the last 16 as HFC where he posted a 132-61 record. Huseman coached LHS to the basketball title game in 1993 and the football title game in 2006.
McGregor4-6Tim SewardN/ASeward moving into an administrative role in McGregor ISD; in 9 years at McGregor he was 66-39 including a 13-1 season in 2009.
Mount Vernon5-5Dickey MeeksN/AMeeks announced his retirement for good after a 42 year coaching career, he won two state titles in his career at Tyler Chapel Hill in 1989 and Henderson in 2010. He earned 252 wins in his career. He was 7-13 in 2 years at Mt Vernon; his second tour through MVHS.
Pilot Point2-8Rob BestN/ABest announced his retirement shortly after the 2016 season concluded, he was a 43 year veteran of coaching and posted a 35-28 record in six years at Pilot Point.
Prairiland2-8Alex RichtersN/ARichters reassigned after four years at PHS; he posted a 16-26 record and took the Patriots to the playoffs in 2014/2015.
Quitman0-10John WoodardN/AWoodrard resigns after 3 years at Quitman, he was 0-30 in three years at QHS. Quitman has lost 33 straight games.
Reagan County9-2Ken CampbellN/ACampbell resigns after 5 years as HFC; he was 26-26 in his five year tenure.
Sabine2-9Mark ComfortN/AComfort out at Sabine after 5 years; he posted a 16-37 record and led the Cardinals to the playoffs in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Shallowater2-9Chad TerryN/AShallowater will have their third coach in three years after Terry resigned after one disappointing season.

Class 2A

School2016 RecordOld CoachNew CoachNotes
Axtell1-9Mike CadellEric BlendenCadell resigns his post to move into administration, he was Axtell's HC for an impressive 20 seasons. Valley Mills HC Blenden was approved as HFC on January 10. Blenden has 5 years of HFC experience at Valley Mills and Frost.
Eldorado2-8Bryan GreenN/AGreen will not return after four years at Eldorado posting a 14-29 record.
Granger9-3Jason MengN/AMeng resigns after two years to take over at Class 4A Burkburnett. He was 14-9 at HS.
Haskell4-6Grady BentonN/ABenton reassigned after five years and a 21-30 record. Haskell battled injuries in 2016 and finished a disappointing 4-6.
Hawkins2-8Marty MooreN/AMoore submitted his resignation after five seasons at Hawkins and a 14-37 mark.
Hico6-5Keith WoodN/AWood, who spent 21 years at Hico and the last nine as HFC/AD announced his retirement. He was 66-38 in his nine years at HHS including a state semi-final run in 2013 and a state quarter-final run in 2014.
Iola8-5Pete MartinezDwayne RossMartinez resigns after four years at Iola and a 34-14 record as he decides to take a step away from coaching to spend time with family. DC Ross, who was also assistant principal promoted to HFC/AD.
Junction6-6Mitch McLemoreN/AMcLemore departs Junction after 3 years and an 18-17 record to take over at Class 4A Big Spring.
McCamey3-8Ricky PeacockN/AAfter two years Peacock departs McCamey, he was 5-16 leading the Badgers, he spent 17 prior years at Panhandle High.
San Saba0-10Jeff PannellN/APannell resigns after 8 years in San Saba; he was 33-54 at SSHS.
Shelbyville2-8Jason FergusonCharles TindolFerguson resigned mid-season after a domestic violence arrest; Lance Gamble took over mid-season. Tindol was acting HC/AD at SISD after the resignation of Gamble at the end of the football season.
Simms Bowie4-7Charles HudgeonsN/AHudgeons resigns after three years and a 6-23 record.
Tom Bean5-6Truman "Pepper" NixN/ANix resigns after two years at Tom Bean to go into private business.
Valley Mills5-5Eric BlendenN/ABlenden departs Valley Mills after three seasons to take over at neaby Axtell.

New Schools

School2016 RecordOld CoachNew CoachNotes
Cypress Bridgeland N/AN/AN/ACy Fair ISD's 12th high school will start varsity football in 2018.
Katy PaetowN/AN/AB.J. GoetteKaty ISD's 8th high school will start varsity football in 2018. Former Katy OC Goette hired for his first ever HFC position by KISD on January 17.
Klein CainN/AN/AJames ClancyKlein ISD's 5th high school will begin varsity football in 2018. KISD hires Strake Jesuit HC James Clancy to be the school's first HC on Janaury 12.
Pflugerville WeissN/AN/AThomas AultmanPflugerville ISD's 4th high school will begin varsity football in 2018. They hired Pflugerville Hendrickson DC Thomas Aultman on December 16.
San Antonio HarlanN/AN/AEddie SalasNorthside ISD's 11th high school will start varsity football in 2018. NISD hires San Antonio Holmes HC Eddie Salas on December 14.
San Antonio LegacyN/AN/AJohn TarvinSouthwest ISD's 2nd high school will start varsity football in 2018 as a 5A program. Tarvin was the DC at San Antonio Southwest until 2015 when he moved into a middle school coordinator role.

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