This week in Texas High School Football: February 7
UIL Realignment aftermath, 7-on-7 schedule announced and Hal Wasson's future at Southlake Carroll
UIL Realignment post-mortem
After a wild day last Thursday, the dust has settled on another UIL Realignment and we’ve had a chance to sink our teeth into all the new districts for the next two seasons. For all the data and info on UIL Realignment go here and to check out my thoughts on the new districts go here.
2018 7-on-7 state qualifier schedule released
In all the hubbub of Sunday’s final football game of the year, the Texas 7-on-7 Board of Directors released the 2018 state qualifier schedule at http://www.texas7on7.com. The qualifier season will kick off on April 28 with a Division I qualifier in Frisco and will end on June 23 in Rowlett and Celina. There will be the addition of a third division for smaller schools and they will play in eight qualifiers starting on May 19 in Lexington. The 2018 7-on-7 State Tournament which will again return to Veterans Park in College Station June 28-June 30. Teams will be divided into three divisions with 6A, 5A, SPC and large TAPPS schools in Division I, 4A, 3A Division I schools and small private schools will be in Division II and in Division III 3A Division II, 2A and 1A schools will be in Division III. The Division I state tournament will remain at 64 teams, Division II will have 48 teams and Division III will feature 16 teams.
Southlake Carroll update
There was another school board meeting in Southlake Monday night as Carroll ISD again went into a lengthy executive session to discuss the football program, specifically the status of head coach Hal Wasson who remains on administrative leave. No public decisions were made, but several parents did speak in the public comments portion of the meeting to support Wasson. The state of limbo surrounding the program can’t go on much longer as it will certainly compound what negative impacts have already taken place. I expect a final decision on Wasson’s status to come very soon.
Humble Summer Creek nearing a decision
Multiple sources indicate Humble Summer Creek has narrowed their field to three finalists and final interviews will take place this week with a decision coming this weekend. Sources indicate the final three are an inside candidate, a current head coach in the Golden Triangle and a current coordinator in the Houston area.
Pasadena Dobie hires
Angleton offensive coordinator Kevin Berneathy was named head football coach at Pasadena Dobie on Wednesday. Berneathy has coordinated a potent Angleton Wing-T offense the past few seasons and takes over at Pasadena ISD’s largest school.
Northside ISD movement
As is generally the case in San Antonio’s two largest districts (Northside ISD in this case), Northside stayed in house with its hire as Taft lands San Antonio O’Connor defensive coordinator Ricky Stade as its next head football coach on February 5 as first reported by Carl Padilla, of the Padilla Poll. Also of note on Monday, San Antonio Warren head coach Bryan Dausin announced he was retiring after a long and successful career including winning a state title at San Antonio Roosevelt in 1995. Dausin spent 24 years as a head coach leading Roosevelt, San Antonio Marshall and for the past 16 years Warren, he’s the only football coach the school has known.
Lubbock High makes the call for interviews
It looks like Lubbock ISD has made calls for its initial rounds of interviews and after a first round it’s likely two finalists will be brought back next week for a final round of interviews. Expect a decision in the next two weeks for this job.
Frisco Memorial will have their first head coach soon
Frisco’s 10th high school, Memorial High, will begin varsity play in 2018 as a 5A Division II school. It appears the process for naming a new head football coach is winding down and Frisco ISD has narrowed the field to two candidates, both current head coaches in the DFW area. The lone finalist is expected to be notified sometime this week and will be presented at the board meeting February 12. It’s been a relatively quiet off-season on the coaching front in DFW but this job being filled could spark movement in the area.
Pflugerville conducted interviews of eight candidates last week before realignment and all indications are the field has been narrowed to two candidates. My sources indicate one of the finalists is an internal candidate and the other finalist is a current head coach in the Austin area. The two finalists are expected back this week for a final interview before a lone finalist is presented to the board on February 15.
Maxfield departs Brownwood; but doesn’t leave Brown County
In a surprise turn of events, often overlooked little brother Bangs struck one for the little guy Monday as it was announced Brownwood head coach Kyle Maxfield had resigned his post to take over at nearby Bangs. The move is a curious one as Maxfield leaves tradition-rich Brownwood for a much smaller and low profile gig a few miles down the road in Bangs. He’ll have his work cut out for him at Bangs where they have gone 2-27 the past three seasons. Brownwood on the other hand, will be on its third head coach in four years. The job was quickly posted on Tuesday with an application deadline of March 1. Both coordinators on staff at Brownwood have previous head coaching experience and there is also a position coach on staff who has previously been a head coach. Do the Lions promote from within or does the Brownwood ISD board try to dip into the long lineage of coaches across the state with ties to the community?
Cooper nabs Gunter defensive coordinator
You had to think at some point with the success Gunter has had that some of their coordinators would begin to get some looks as head coaches and we saw that again Wednesday morning as Cooper hired Gunter defensive coordinator Rod Castorena as its next head football coach. Last year Gunter offensive coordinator Charlie Roten landed the Rogers HFC gig. Castorena has piloted a defense that’s been key in a 31-1 run for Gunter the past two years, including a state title in 2016.
New Diana stays in-house
As would be expected after its best season in school history, it appears New Diana is staying in house for its next head football coach as offensive coordinator Travis Chrisman will be recommended to the New Diana ISD school board on February 12. Chrisman replaces Robbie Coplin who announced in December he was being named head football coach at Monticello High School, in Monticello, Arkansas.
Shelbyville has a new head dragon
It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Shelbyville as it’ll technically be on its fourth head coach in the past three seasons. SISD has named Shepherd offensive coordinator David Benbow as its new Head Football Coach/Athletic Director. Benbow has served as the OC at Shepherd the past two years and the two years prior to that served as the defensive coordinator at Shepherd.
Runge lands Cameron Yoe offensive coordinator
Runge on Monday night ended their coaching search naming Cameron Yoe offensive coordinator Abe Vargas as its Head Football Coach/Athletic Director. Vargas is a Yoe graduate and in addition to being the offensive coordinator, has also served as the head softball coach at Yoe. Vargas is a graduate of UTSA so he does have ties to South Texas.
Houston Yates QB transfer to Coppell
Monday evening we learned that Houston Yates QB Taj Gregory, a two first team all-district quarterback at Yates , would be transferring to Coppell. It’s a big jump from Class 4A to 6A, but at 6-foot-6 and with a frame to put on some weight Gregory is an intriguing addition to Coppell if he is ruled eligible.
With the off-season starting that means it’s also clinic season throughout the state of Texas, here’s a listing of clinics from around the state, if we don’t have you clinic listed e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 9-11: Lone Star Coaching Clinic, Hilton Conference Center, College Station www.lonestarclinic.com
February 15-17: Nike Coach of the Year Clinic, Winstar Casino, Thackerville, OK
February 16-17: Hill Country Football Clinic, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg http://www.hcfc-blc.com
February 16: Four States Clinic, Texas High School, Texarkana
May 5-6: Best Little Clinic in Texas, Wingate Hotel and Conference Center, Round Rock http://www.hcfc-blc.com
May 25-26: Gateway to Mexico Clinic, Laredo
June 12-14: Angelo Coaches Clinic, San Angelo http://www.angelofootballclinic.com/index.html
July 22-25: 2018 THSCA Convention & Coaching School, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio http://www.thsca.com/convention