iCoach Inspirational Coach of the Week

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, in partnership with iCoach, is proud to honor one head football coach in each classification with the Inspirational Coach of the Week Award. Each coach recognized with this special honor typifies discipline, character and integrity while passing those values along to their athletes to help them be successful both on and off the field.

Congratulations to all the coaches and thank you for all you do for your players, schools and communities.

2018 Coach of the Week Award Winners

WEEK 3

6A: Trey Sissom, Fort Bend Travis
The Travis Tigers are 2-1 thanks to the inspiration from coach Sissom, who is overcoming a cancer diagnosis to return to the sideline and guide the Tigers to victories like Friday’s 56-53 win over Spring. 
 
5A: Jeramy Burleson, Kaufman
In their first district game as a 5A school, Burleson’s Lions showed no signs of being intimidated as they dominated longtime 5A power Ennis, 37-7.
 
4A: Shane Mobley, Sealy
Coach Mobley has his Tigers in high gear in his second year after improving to 3-0 with a 36-23 victory over 5A Waller, jumping out to a 22-0 lead and never looking back.
 
3A: Bob Cervetto, Dublin
The Lions beat their second state-ranked opponents in as many weeks with a 46-23 win over DeLeon, improving to 3-0 for the first time since 1999.

2A: Jared Fikac, San Saba
After losing 23 of their last 26 games, coach Fikac has the Armadillos rolling at 3-0 with a 40-6 win over Junction, having beaten its three opponents by a combined score of 146-12.

1A: Tom McVey, Crowell
In his first season at the helm, McVey has the Panthers off to a 3-0 start with a hard-fought 69-66 win over Aspermont.

WEEK 2

6A: Joe Hubbard, San Antonio East Central
After winning just one game in his first two seasons at the helm, coach Joe Hubbard has the Hornets buzzing at 2-0 in 2018 after a 28-14 win over San Antonio Roosevelt.

5A: Rodney Smith, Waco University
For the second week in a row, the state’s longest losing streak came to an end as Waco University ended their 47-game losing streak in dominant fashion taking down Austin Travis 37-0 at Waco ISD Stadium. It was the first win for the Trojans since a 31-21 win over Joshua on September 27, 2013. 

4A: Derek Lewis, Dallas Pinkston
The misery in West Dallas ended as former Texas Longhorn TE Derek Lewis’ Dallas Pinkston squad ended a 36-game losing streak by toppling Dallas Life Oak Cliff 22-13.The Vikings last win was September 26, 2014 when they defeated Dallas Madison 25-22.

3A: Jon Berry, Gladewater
Berry’s Bears made a huge statement with a 37-20 victory over Atlanta, using a grinding running game in rainy weather to roll up nearly 400 yards on the ground.

2A: Dane Ashley, Panhandle
Ashley’s squad has more than lived up to its high expectations through two weeks as the Panthers improved to 2-0 on the season with a dominant 54-6 win over Memphis.

1A: Andy Copley, Follett
In his first full game as head coach of the Panthers after their Week 1 game ended early due to weather, Copley guided Follett to a big 38-30 win over state-ranked Valley.

WEEK 1

6A: Jon Kay, Galena Park North Shore
You’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive performance than Kay’s Mustangs, who went into the Tigers’ den and took down Katy in impressive fashion, 35-21. The win avenges a 31-3 loss in the fourth round of the playoffs last year.

5A: Sadd Jackson, Frisco Lebanon Trail
In their first ever varsity game, Sadd Jackson’s squad looked like seasoned veterans as the Trail Blazers took down Fort Worth Southwest, 28-14. It was also the first varsity game coach Jackson coached in since the passing of his brother, longtime Austin-area coach Andrew Jackson, died in the winter. 

4A: Oscar Castillo, Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis
The state’s longest losing streak came crashing down in a big way on the opening night of the season as Castillo’s  Eagles ended 77 games of frustration with an emphatic 40-12 win over Dallas Conrad on Thursday night. The Eagles, who had not won a game since a 31-7 win over Dallas Jefferson on September 18, 2010 jumped out to a 16-0 lead at the half and after a big third quarter put the game out of reach at 34-0. It was Coach Castillo’s first ever win as a head coach. 

3A: Ryne Miller, Marion
There may not have been a more impressive first-year head coaching debut this weekend than in Marion, where Ryne Miller — in his first ever game as a head coach after coming over from San Antonio Harlandale — made a major statement with a 71-6 win over Luling to open the 2018 season. 

2A: Jon Lowrey, Lovelady
Coach Lowrey’s squad wasted no time in letting Class 2A Division II know they were a team to contend with as the Lions rolled past Groveton 48-6, behind a 42 point first-half explosion. The win for the Lions was just their second win in school history in Groveton. 

1A: John York, Paducah
In his first game as head coach of the Dragons, York guided Paducah to a hard-fought 58-30 win over Meadow.

Our 2017 Coach of the Year: Kingwood's Barry Campbell

Coach Campbell was selected for the award because he typifies discipline, character and integrity while passing those values along to his athletes to help them be successful both on and off the field. Bill Collins from iCoach was on hand to present the award with Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, along with DCTF's Robel Melesse.

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2017 Coach of the Week Award Winners

Week 1:

6A: Rodney Webb, Rockwall

5A: Jason Strunk, Lubbock

4A: Kodi Crane, Gonzales

3A: Mike Nichols, Little River Academy

2A: Jason Keller, Sabinal

1A: Tye Keith, Happy

 

Week 2:

6A: Danny Servance, Odessa

5A: Justen Evans, Corpus Christi Miller

4A: Mike Fuller, Decatur

3A: Judd Thrash, McGregor

2A: Chris Tobola, Wortham

1A: Randy Sims Jr., Mullin

 

Week 3:

6A: Manny Gomez, Harlingen

5A: Joe Willis, Colleyville Heritage

4A: Cornel Thompson, West Orange-Stark

3A: Cody Burris, Tornillo

2A: Chad LaGrone, Milano

1A: Luis Guereca, Iredell

 

Week 4:

6A: Ken Plunk, Amarillo Tascosa

5A: Joseph Turner, Fort Worth North Side

4A: Lupe Florez, Bay City

3A: Brandon Hankins, Kemp

2A Jason Herring, Refugio

1A: Caleb Callaway, Knox City

 

Week 5:

6A: Mickey Moss, Rockwall-Heath

5A: Mark Perez, San Antonio Burbank

4A: Josh Gibson, Texarkana Pleasant Grove

3A: Mike Jackson, La Marque

2A: David Yeager, DeLeon

1A: Evan Cardwell, Paint Creek

 

Week 6:

6A: Mike Uribe, PSJA Memorial

5A: Chad Cole, Frisco Reedy

4A: Jowell Hancock, Rusk

3A: Jake Fieszel, Gunter

2A: Steven Grigsby, Roby

1A: Brandon Smith, Turkey Valley

 

Week 7:

6A: Todd Dodge, Austin Westlake

5A: Kemmie Lewis, San Antonio Memorial

4A: Lee Wiginton, Midlothian Heritage

3A: Brad Davis, Grandview

2A: Jason Thibodeaux, Sabine Pass

1A: Sammy Winters, Hermleigh

 

Week 8:

6A: John Snelson, Dickinson

5A: Randy Jackson, North Forney

4A: Tom Allen, Sinton

3A: Josh Finney, Mount Vernon

2A: Lance Connot, Bogata Rivercrest

1A: Ronny Crumpton, Milford

 

Week 9:

6A: Tim Anuszkiewicz, Midland

5A: MT Tyeskie, Dallas Conrad

4A: Kent Jackson, Seminole

3A: Tal Sanders, Maypearl

2A: Jason Hodde, Burton

1A: Wayne Ware, Coolidge

 

Week 10:

6A: James Showers, Aldine Davis

5A: Dale Keeling, Everman

4A: Marcus Shavers, Lubbock Estacado

3A: Donnie Osborn, Teague

2A: Jayson Wilhelm, Menard

1A: Eddie Gallegos, Jonesboro

 

Week 11:

6A: Jason Tucker, Haltom

5A: Seth Parr, Lubbock Coronado

4A: Clifton Terrell, Houston North Forest

3A: Frank Johnson, Holliday

2A: Russell Lucas, Hamlin

1A: Dalton DeGraffenried, Klondike