This Week in TXHSFB: Georgetown hires, a big retirement in East Texas, spring football Is near

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Chuck Griffin returns to Georgetown
Georgetown named Abilene ISD assistant athletic director Chuck Griffin as its next HFC. Griffin has two seasons of head coaching experience at Troup from 2010-2011 and spent 2012-207 as the offensive coordinator at Georgetown. He worked for current GISD athletic director Jason Dean and has his former boss, Phil Blue, in Abilene was Dean’s athletic director in Georgeown, so lots of ties here with this hire.

Crosby begins interviews
On Wednesday, Crosby started up the interview process to replace Jeff Riordan, who departed in March to take over at Tyler Chapel Hill. Reports are six candidates are being interviewed, including a current East Texas HC and two current assistant coaches in the Houston area, one of whom has head coaching experience. We are still trying to confirm who the other three candidates are at this time.

Issues in the Third Ward
Houston Yates for years was a beacon program and set the standard for quality football in the inner-city under legendary head coach Luther Booker. Included in that legend is the 1985 state champion squad that many to this day still consider the best TXHSFB team ever. Those days however are long gone as the Lions in 2018 hit rock bottom, forfeiting multiple games and finishing the season winless. Head coach Mike Watkins was officially let go shortly after the end of the season and Yates alum and former Fort Bend Hightower head coach Padriac McGinnis was hired on March 8. However, three weeks later we learned McGinnis and Yates had parted ways and as we head into April the Lions are back looking for a head coach.

Steve Wells retires at Liberty-Eyalu
Texarkana Liberty-Eylau head coach Steve Wells announced to his team and staff on Monday that he was retiring from education. Wells spent five seasons at Liberty-Eyalu posting a 36-28 record, with his best mark coming in 2015 when the Leopards went 12-2. Wells spent 16 seasons as a head coach with a 93-90 overall record with stops at Hooks, Mineola, Jacksonville and Liberty-Eylau. Despite the rise of Texarkana Pleasant Grove across town, Liberty-Eylau is still a highly sought after job and will get plenty of interest statewide.

Cody Fagan heads to Whitesboro
On Friday, Whitesboro ISD made it official naming Mildred head coach Cody Fagan as its next head football coach/athletic director. Fagan spent two seasons leading Mildred posting a 9-10 overall record. Prior to being named at Mildred, Fagan was an assistant at Mildothian, Red Oak and at Ada, Oklahoma. He replaces the most successful coach in school history at Whitesboro in Eddie Gill, whose contract was not renewed in early March.

Daniel Brittain resigns at Farwell
In a surprise move, Daniel Brittain resigned his post at Farwell on Thursday after five successful seasons leading the Steers. Brittain posted an impressive 41-17 record in five seasons, including a 10-2 mark in 2018.

With Spring Break in the rearview mirror it’s time to start looking ahead to Spring Football across the state!! Class 5A and Class 6A schools have the option to participate in spring practice and if they elect to do so they start fall camp a week later than 4A and below programs and 5A/6A schools that elected to not have spring ball. Schools that also choose to have spring ball also only have one preseason scrimmage instead of two. Below is a list of dates for spring football games across the state, if we are missing one send to!


May 8: White Settlement Brewer, 6:00pm at Brewer HS

May 14: Katy Cinco Ranch, 6:00pm at Cinco Ranch HS

May 14: Cy-Fair, 7:00pm at Cy-Fair HS

May 14: Round Rock Westwood, 6:00pm at Westwood HS

May 14: Laredo United: 6:30pm at Krueger Field

May 15: Tyler John Tyler, 6:00pm at John Tyler HS

May 15: Odessa Permian, 6:30pm at Ratliff Stadium

May 16: Allen, 6:00pm at Eagle Stadium

May 16: South Grand Prairie, TBD at SGPHS

May 16: Keller, 7:00pm at Keller ISD Stadium

May 16: Keller Central, 7:00pm at Keller Central HS

May 16: Keller Fossil Ridge, 6:00pm at Fossil Ridge HS

May 16: Odessa, 7:00pm at Ratliff Stadium

May 16: Pearland, 7:00pm at The Rig

May 16: Granbury, 6:00pm at Pirate Stadium

May 16: Crowley, 6:00pm at Eagle Stadium

May 16: Frisco Lone Star, 5:00pm at Lone Star HS

May 16: Alvin Shadow Creek, 6:30pm at Shadow Creek HS

May 16: Austin Westlake, 7:00pm at Westlake HS

May 16: Fort Bend Hightower, 6:00pm at Mercer Stadium

May 17: Alief Elsik, 6:00pm at Crump Stadium

May 17: Tyler Lee, 5:30pm at Lee HS

May 17: Burleson Centennial, 6:00pm at Centennial HS

May 17: Lubbock Cooper, 5:30pm at Pirate Stadium

May 17: Weatherford, 6:30pm at Kangaroo Stadium

May 17: Red Oak, 7:00pm at Goodloe Stadium

May 17: McKinney, 6:00pm at Poe Stadium

May 17: Leander, 7:00pm at Bible Stadium

May 17: Lake Travis, 7:30pm at Cavalier Stadium

May 17: Katy Seven Lakes, 6:30pm at Seven Lakes HS

May 17: El Paso Montwood, 6:00pm at Montwood HS

May 18: Cypress Bridgeland, TBD at Bridgeland HS

May 18: Frisco Heritage, 7:00pm at Heritage HS

May 18: Pearland Dawson, 10:00am at Dawson HS

May 18: Willis, 7:00pm at Yates Stadium

May 20: Houston King, 6:00pm at Crenshaw Memorial Stadium

May 20: Longview, 6:00pm at Lobo Stadium

May 21: Forney, 7:00pm at City Bank Stadium

May 21: Wylie, 5:30pm at Wylie ISD Stadium

May 21: Austin Reagan, 6:00pm at Nelson Field

May 21: Mesquite, 7:00pm at Hanby Stadium

May 21: Rockwall, 7:00pm at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium

May 21: Pasadena Dobie, 3:00pm at Dobie HS

May 22: El Paso Pebble Hills, 6:00pm at Pebble Hills HS

May 22: Clear Brook, 7:00pm at Clear Brook HS

May 22: Frisco Centennial, 5:00pm at Centennial HS

May 22: McKinney Boyd, 7:00pm at Boyd HS

May 22: Cedar Hill, 6:00pm at Longhorn Stadium

May 22: Arlington Lamar, 6:00pm at Cravens Field

May 22: Sachse, 6:30pm at Sachse HS

May 22: Belton, 5:30pm at Belton HS

May 22: Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, 5:00pm at Veterans Memorial HS

May 22: Dripping Springs, 6:00pm at Tiger Stadium

May 22: Frisco Lebanon Trail, 6:00pm at Lebanon Trail HS

May 23: Mission Veterans Memorial, 6:00pm at Veterans Memorial HS

May 23: Haslet Eaton, 6:30pm at Eaton HS

May 23: San Angelo Central, 6:00pm at San Angelo Stadium

May 23: Colleyville Heritage, 6:00pm at CHHS

May 23: Arlington, 6:00pm at Arlington HS

May 23: San Antonio O’Connor, 5:00pm at O’Connor HS

May 23: Waco Midway, 5:00pm at Panther Stadium

May 23: Justin Northwest, 6:00pm at Northwest ISD Stadium

May 23: McKinney North, 6:30pm at McKinney North HS

May 23: Frisco Memorial, 6:00pm at Memorial HS

May 23: Lancaster, 6:30pm at Humphrey Tiger Stadium

May 23: Midlothian, 6:30pm at MISD Stadium

May 23: North Forney, 6:00pm at City Bank Stadium

May 23: El Paso Eastlake, 6:00pm at Eastlake HS

May 23: Klein Cain, 7:00pm at Cain HS

May 23: Frisco, 3:00pm at Frisco HS

May 23: Arlington Martin, 7:00pm at Martin HS

May 24: Waco, 6:00pm at Waco HS

May 24: El Paso Del Valle, 5:00pm at Conquest Stadium

May 24: Cedar Park, 7:30pm at Cedar Park HS

May 24: South Oak Cliff, 6:00pm at Kincaide Stadium

May 24: El Paso Americas, 7:00pm at Americas HS

May 24: McAllen Memorial, 6:00pm at Boxer Hernandez Stadium


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

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

June 13-14: Dos Amigos Clinic, Eagle Pass

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


The Texas 7-on-7 Qualifying Season kicks off on April 27 with a Division I State Qualifier in Frisco, for the full schedule and information on 7-on-7 in Texas go to



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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