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
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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