This Week in Texas High School Football: DFW assistants are popular, Reyes steps down at Nacogdoches and a state champion promotes from within

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McKinney Boyd names Joe McBride
In a bit of a surprise move, McKinney ISD named Coppell ISD Athletic Director Joe McBride as its next head football coach. McBride was a late entry into the race to land the sought-after 6A job and had spent the last four years leading the athletic department at Coppell ISD. Prior to that, McBride racked up an impressive 58-22 record in seven seasons as a head coach with stops at Frisco Liberty, Coppell and Dripping Springs.

Leander hires Kris Price
The trend of DFW area assistant coaches getting hired for jobs outside of the Metroplex is looking to be in play this week and continuing that pattern was Leander bringing in Keller defensive coordinator Kris Price to be its next head coach. Price, is one of the more well thought of assistants in the DFW area having spent time not only at Keller but also Fort Worth Dunbar, Colleyville Heritage, Mexia and Boerne.

Rio Grande City makes a change
In a move that was done very quietly, Rio Grande City decided to make a head coaching change shortly after the end of the season, as Aaron Garcia departed after three seasons leading the Rattlers. Two weeks ago, Laredo United defensive coordinator Leo Mireles was tabbed to be the next head football coach at Rio Grande City. Mireles is a native of nearby Roma and will be in his first-ever head football coaching gig.

Nacogdoches’ Reyes steps down
Bobby Reyes led the Nacogdoches program since 2011, but announced to his team and coaches on Monday that he was stepping down as HFC/AD. Reyes led Nacogdoches to a 28-45 record in his seven seasons and although on the surface the record isn’t all that great, Reyes led the Dragons to three playoff appearances and had almost two total rebuilds after going 0-10 in his first year and then posting a 1-9 record in 2017. Most indications are is that this hire may stay inside as there looks to be a strong internal candidate.

Georgetown East View will have a new coach in 2019
The only head coach Georgetown East View has known stepped down on Monday morning as Robert Davies announced to his team he’d be stepping aside to take a role in Georgetown ISD athletic administration. Davies posted a 35-39 overall record, which is solid considering the opening of a new program can negatively impact a record. East View won or shared two district titles with his best year coming in 2014 when the Patriots were 9-3.

Lockhart begins interviews
Lockhart will begin interviewing candidates for its vacant HFC/AD job this week. Reports are the district will be bringing in a dozen candidates for the first round of interviews. The big question to watch with this opening will be if the district stays with a coach who runs the Slot-T offense or do they bring in someone who will run a more open attack?

Monahans update
Monahans is currently in the process of searching for its third head coach in as many seasons after the resignation of Mel Maxfield in December. Applications are being accepted through Friday and interviews will likely being the second week of February. Expect a hire to be in place in early March before Spring Break.

Caldwell brings in San Antonio Brandeis OC
For the second straight time, Caldwell goes to San Antonio to name its next head football coach as San Antonio Brandeis OC Matt Langley was named HFC/AD. Monday night. Langley replaced Caldwell alum Bobby Jack Goforth who retired at the end of the season. Goforth was previously the head coach at San Antonio Jay before coming home to lead his hometown program.

Carrizo Springs names first-time head coach
Carrizo Springs went to the DFW area to grab its next head coach as South Garland defensive coordinator Kyle Abshire was named the head football coach/athletic director in the small town 117 miles southwest of San Antonio. Abshire, prior to joining the staff at South Garland, was a long-time assistant at Class 5A Forney. 

Grandview Promotes Ebner
As expected, Grandview stayed inside for its search for a new HFC/AD after the retirement of Brad Davisin early January. GISD named DC Ryan Ebner to that role on January 25. Ebner, who also served as the head baseball coach, coordinated an outstanding defense that played a major role in the Zebras' state title run. 

Iowa Park OC named at Nocona
After coordinating a state semifinal run at Iowa Park, offensive coordinator Rick Weaver was named the new head football coach/athletic director at nearby Nocona on Monday morning. It’s Weaver’s first head football coaching job and he becomes another branch on a fast growing coaching tree of Kennedale HC Richard Barrett. Barrett has had a number of former assistants who have been named head coaches recently including Iowa Park’s Aubrey Sims, Gainesville’s James Polk, Godley’s Curtis Lowery, Wichita Falls Hirschi’s Danny Youngs, Cleburne's Casey Walraven and Idalou’s Jeff Lofton.

John Contrucci hired at Junction
Junction named Red Oak assistant coach John Contrucci as its next head football coach/athletic director at its school board meeting Wednesday night. Contrucci spent the 2018 season as an assistant at Red Oak, but before that was an assistant at Brownwood in 2016 and 2017. Contrucci does have head coaching experience spending two years at Lubbock Roosevelt, posting a 10-9 overall record.

Mahaffey retires at Grapeland
Veteran head coach Wayne Mahaffey announced his retirement last week after 22 years as a head coach and several more years as an assistant coach. Mahaffey led Grapeland to a 10-2 mark in 2018 and finished up his career with a 133-113 record as a head coach. Mahaffey led Bartlett to the state title in 1990, his first season as a head coach. He also spent time as a head coach at Kaufman, Wimberley, Rusk and Grapeland.

It’s officially clinic season in the state of Texas and if you have coaching clinic information that we are missing below by all means send it our way! You can e-mail it to me at or reach out to me on twitter @Matt_Stepp817.

February 6: THSCA FAST Tackling Clinic, Lubbock

February 8-10: Lone Star Clinic, College Station

February 13: THSCA FAST Tackling Clinic, McAllen

February 15-16: Hill Country Clinic, Fredericksburg

February 15-16: South Plains Clinic, Lubbock

February 16: Farmersville Clinic, Farmersville

February 20: THSCA FAST Tackling Clinic, Longview

March 6: THSCA FAST Tackling Clinic, El Paso

May 3-4: I-45 Clinic, The Woodlands

May 3-4: El Paso Football Clinic, El Paso

June 11-13: Angelo Football Clinic, San Angelo

July 21-23: 2017 THSCA Coaches Convention & Coaching School, Houston


Matt Stepp is the Texas High School Football Inside for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Find him on Twitter: @Matt_Stepp817.

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