The Off-Season Coaching Carousel Gets Rolling

DCTF'S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INSIDER MATT STEPP LOOKS BACK AT THE COACHING CHANGES IN THE TXHSFB RANKS!

With the 2016 Texas High School Football season in the books, our attention turns to the high school coaching carousel, which has been unusually busy as the offseason enters its infancy. Let’s take a quick look at some of the bigger jobs that have already opened up.

The biggest news statewide has been the raiding of high school coaches by Baylor head Matt Rhule as he tries to build his staff.  The biggest splash is certainly the hiring of Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire, but the hiring of Round Rock Cedar Ridge’s Shawn Bell and San Antonio Reagan’s David Wetzel are definitely impactful.

The biggest question is who will get the Cedar Hill job now that it is open? In 2002 when Robert Woods retired from coaching, AD Gina Farmer took a chance on McGuire who, at the time, was a young charismatic assistant coach with no head coaching experience and little coordinator experience. Will she go the same route this time? It’s a much tougher call because Cedar Hill is now an established state power that will have some BIG names show interest in the job. When CHHS opened up last time, they had just moved up to Class 5A and had never won a playoff game in school history.

San Antonio Reagan is considered a top job in San Antonio, but North East ISD has a long history of staying inside the district when making hires. There are a couple of coordinators inside the district who could be ready to take the next step and become a head coach, but new AD Karen Funk bucked trends last time the district hired a head coach as she brought in former Brandeis head coach John Campbell at San Antonio Madison last year.

College Station A&M Consolidated came open last week as David Raffield resigned to “pursue other coaching opportunities,” as stated in a CSISD press release. The power structure has certainly shifted south towards College Station High, but Consolidated is still a very good job. The biggest fish in the pond in that part of the state is former Navasota HC Lee Fedora. He sat out of coaching last year and there’s no question he’d prefer to stay in the Bryan-College Station area as he has a lot of roots in that part of the state. He’d certainly be a home run hire if he was interested. Another interesting situation in that part of the state is at Hearne where there’s all sorts of upheaval in administration and HC Andrew Daily, who was interim last year, is going to have to reapply for the job he held on an interim status last year. Hearne had been on a long losing streak before last year and Daily took HHS to the playoffs last year in a bit of a surprise.

Out in West Texas, the Lubbock area has been the center of coaching movement as Wolfforth Frenship head coach Brad Davis resigned after nine years at the helm. Frenship has already interviewed several candidates for the position including one internal candidate, a current head coach from Central Texas, a current head coach from the North Texas area, a former panhandle head coach and a highly successful coordinator from the DFW area. Shallowater is one of the most attractive small school jobs in the area and it opened up once again after a disappointing season under first year head coach Chad Terry. Several head coaches from the South Plains have been rumored to be interested in this job.

DCTF will have you updated on all the statewide coaching changes throughout the off-season check out all the changes which will be updated throughout the off-season at http://www.texasfootball.com/coachchanges

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