Hughes Springs ISD on Monday named San Angelo Central DC Joshua Willis as the next AD/HFC at Hughes Springs High School, replacing Chris Edwards who had spent the last 16 seasons leading the Mustangs program.
“It was going to take a really special opportunity for us to leave San Angelo," Willis said. "We are indebted to Coach Davis and Coach Crane and the community in San Angelo. We loved our time in Angelo. "Hughes Springs is not only closer to family for us, but they’ve had success and a lot of stability. They want to do things the right way and it was an attractive position. I am confident there are bright things ahead for Hughes Springs."
Willis, a native of Maumelle, AR, played college football at Austin College under legendary TXHSFB coach Ronnie Gage where he was a four-year letterman playing quarterback in a flexbone scheme. Willis began his coaching career shortly after the end of his playing days when he became a grad assistant at Austin College.
Coach Willis landed his first high school job before the 2012 season at Groesbeck where he was an assistant for three seasons. In 2014, Willis headed down to South Texas to become the special teams coordinator at Corpus Christi Flour Bluff where he spent three seasons.
In 2017, Willis moved to the Concho Valley where he joined the staff at Class 6A San Angelo Central under Brent Davis where he was special teams coordinator and safeties coach. In 2018, when Central defensive coordinator Mark Chester was named head coach at Blue Ridge Willis became the defensive coordinator at Central.
Coach Willis comes from a strong coaching lineage as his father coached in Arkansas most of his career, but he has also spent time at Tatum, Maud, Brownsboro, and New Boston. Willis’ father-in-law coached in the state of Texas for 37 years as well.
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