This Week in Texas High School Football: March 8
Klein Collins' Svoboda accepts job at Rice, Beaumont United makes first HFC hire and George Ranch moves to hiring process
Svoboda takes on a new challenge at Rice
After a week or two of relative calm in the Greater Houston area after a wild off-season, things picked back up in the middle of last week with the surprise news of Klein Collins head coach Drew Svoboda telling his team he had resigned to take the RB Coach position at Rice University. It’s a big pickup for the new coaching staff at Rice, but a tough loss for Collins as Svoboda had 10 impressive seasons posting a 93-24 record including a trip to the state semi-finals in 2016. At first glance, you’d think Klein ISD would stay inside with the hire considering its success, but both coordinators at Collins are relatively new faces to their roles after former defensive coordinator Lonnie Madison left last year to become head coach at The Woodlands College Park and he took the Tigers former offensive coordinator with him. This means it’s possible that Klein ISD at least considers an external candidate and if that happens the applicant list could have some heavy hitters.
North Mesquite sets a timeline
I spoke to Mesquite ISD Athletic Director Steve Bragg on Wednesday who indicated in just two days, over 50 applications/resumes had been received for the North Mesquite head football coach position vacated by Mike Robinson who went to DeSoto. Expect the process to move quickly with a name to be presented to the school board at a special board meeting March 22.
Other DFW update
Dallas Skyline has already received about 75 applicants for its vacant head football coach position, with interviews set to begin before Spring Break. While in Waxahachie, three or four candidates will be brought in for interviews on Monday and Tuesday of next week with the hope a new head coach will be presented to the school board Monday March 19. However, there are rumblings that the process could be hitting a few snags.
Beaumont United names first head coach
Beaumont ISD on Wednesday named Arthur Louis as the school’s first ever head coach at a press conference. Louis, who has been out of coaching since 2009, is a veteran of coaching in the Golden Triangle having spent time as an assistant at Beaumont West Brook. He also has experience in starting up a new program as in 1998 he was the first ever head coach at Beaumont Ozen High School. Beaumont United, for those who may be wondering, is a new 6A program that was created after the merger of Beaumont Central and Beaumont Ozen High Schools.
Wade Griffin heads back to Central Texas
After four years just west of Fort Worth, Brewer head coach Wade Griffin decided to head back to Central Texas as he was named the new HFC/AD at Giddings. Griffin, who led the Bears to the playoffs in three of his four seasons, had tremendous success in Central Texas previously at Elgin where he posted an impressive 26-10 record in three years. “The biggest thing was my family and I wanted to be back in a small-town environment, we were always familiar with the tradition at Giddings and when I went down there to interview it really became clear it was the right place for us. Brewer is a great place and we’ll miss it a lot so that part is always tough,” said Griffin.
Cook promoted at Whitehouse
On Monday night, Whitehouse ISD promoted head football coach Adam Cook to athletic director, thus opening up the head football coach position. Cook posted a 31-24 record in five seasons leading the Wildcats and told DCTF Monday the search for his replacement would begin right away. Expect a hire to be made at the latest by the April 9 board meeting.
Glen West departs Brenham for a THSCA role
After 20 years in Brenham, the long-rumored move of Glen West to the THSCA became official as West announced on Monday he was stepping down. The Brownwood native has been a head coach for 26 seasons (six at Kemp before his time in Brenham) and has a record of 226-84-1. He took Brenham to three state title games. He will become the assistant director of the THSCA. Expect Brenham to begin interviews shortly after Spring Break and a hire to be made at the very end of March and expect some heavy hitters to be in on this really good gig.
Bonham lands John Fish
After what many deemed as an embarrassing twist in its coaching search two weeks ago in which the Bonham ISD board turned down the first candidate presented to them by administration, there were no such issues Monday night. BISD’s board unanimously approved Frisco Lone Star offensive coordinator John Fish as their next head football coach. It’s the second year in a row Lone Star head coach Jeff Rayburn has had to find a new offensive coordinator as last off-season Clint Suratt landed his first head coaching job at Princeton.
Waldie departs Daingerfield; Richmond George Ranch begins interviews
After just two years leading the Blue Tigers, Mike Waldie resigned his post to take the offensive coordinator position at Class 6A Pearland. Waldie, will work for good friend and former neighbor Ricky Tullos who was recently hired to lead the Oilers after a strong run at Richmond George Ranch, who ironically started up interviews this week for the vacancy left by Tullos’ departure. Word is George Ranch could name a new head football coach as early as this week.
Boles heads to West Texas
In a bit of a surprise move in the small school ranks, Lindsay’s Charles Boles was named the new Head Football Coach/Athletic Director at Miles on Tuesday night. Boles, who put up a 51-21 mark in six years at Lindsay, leaves open a pretty good small school gig in North Texas. One downside to the Lindsay opening may be that the Knights are moving up to Class 2A Division I in realignment.
Big transfer in East Texas
One of the most dynamic players in East Texas in the Class of 2020, Khalan Griffin, enrolled at Tyler John Tyler last week and if eligible will be a big addition to a Lions squad dropping down from Class 6A to Class 5A in 2018. Griffin, who was an all-district QB at Tyler Chapel Hill in 2017 took an unofficial visit to Texas last week.
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
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