The Old Coach's 2017 U-Haul Report

The Old Coach whips around the state to check in on the coaching carousel. Who's in. Who's out. Who's next?

Class/School Old Coach New Coach 2016 record Summary
6A/Aldine James Kowalewski Hank Semler (0-10) Kowalewski resigns after two seasons and a 2-18 record. Semler is promoted from defensive line coach to take over the program.
6A/Belton Bob Shipley Sam Skidmore (8-4) Shipley will retire at the end of the school year. He exits the coaching world after 32 years, including the previous three at Belton, and a 144-62 record overall. Skidmore is promoted from OC to take over the Tigers.
6A/Beaumont West Brook Kevin Flanigan N/A (11-2) Flanigan leaves West Brook to take over at Tomball. The Bruins were 32-23 in five years under Flanigan.
6A/Cedar Hill Joey McGuire Carlos Lynn (11-3) McGuire leaves Cedar Hill after 14 years at the helm to join Matt Rhule’s staff at Baylor. McGuire took Cedar Hill from a dormant program that had never won a playoff game to three state championships - 2006, 2013, 2014 - and amassed a 141-42 record in 14 years as boss of the Longhorns. Former Cedar Hill DC and Arlington Seguin HC Lynn hired to replace McGuire.
6A/Cibolo Steele Scott Lehnhoff N/A (14-2) Lehnhoff is promoted to the AD position in SCUCISD. Lehnhoff was the second coach in Steele history, and compiled a four-year record of 52-8.
6A/Houston C.E. King Don Price N/A (1-9) Price is leaving C.E. King after five years. He was 26-28 during that time, which included trips to the area round in 2014 and 2015.
6A/Houston MST Mike Watkins N/A (1-9) Watkins resigns after just one season at MST - formerly known as Sam Houston. The Tigers, who were repurposed from Sam Houston to MST (Math, Science and Technology) in 2010, have won just four games since then and seek their fifth head coach in as many seasons.
6A/Houston Strake Jesuit James Clancy N/A (5-5) Clancy leaves Strake after five seasons to take over at Klein Cain - Klein ISD’s fifth high school. During Clancy’s tenure, the Crusaders were 19-34, and reached the region semifinals during an 8-5 campaign in 2015.
6A/Katy Morton Ranch Dave Meadows Ron Counter (5-6) Meadows, a 40-year coaching veteran with stops in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, has retired. He was 36-49 in eight years at Morton Ranch. Counter comes to Morton Ranch from 4A Stafford.
6A/Killeen Shoemaker Johnnie Fair N/A (0-10) Fair resigns from Shoemaker after one season. Prior to coaching the Grey Wolves, Fair was an assistant at his alma mater Killeen and a pair of San Antonio schools - Brandeis and Reagan.
6A/Klein Oak David Smith N/A (7-4) Smith resigns from KOHS after 21 years at the helm. He also coached at Oklahoma under Barry Switzer and at Baytown Lee prior to his two-decades long stint at Klein Oak.
6A/Laredo LBJ Oki Villasenor Alfonso Calderon (1-9) Villasenor resigns from the United ISD school after nine seasons and a 30-61 record at the school. The Wolves reached the postseason in 2014 - their only one in the school’s 13-year history of varsity football. Calderon leaves his post as assistant AD of United ISD to take over at LBJ.
6A/Mesquite Robbie Robinson N/A (5-7) Robinson retires after spending nearly three decades at Mesquite. A member of the Skeeters staff since 1989, Robinson took over the program in 2008 and posted a 40-56 record, which included a 7-6 region semifinal run in 2011.
6A/Midland Craig Yenzer N/A (9-3) Yenzer retires after 15 years at Midland High. He posted a 103-70 record with the Bulldogs, which included a trip to the state championship game in 2002.
6A/Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Steve Marroquin Lupe Rodriguez (5-7) Marroquin, a PSJA alum, was 16-25 in four years at his alma mater. He guided the Bears to the playoffs in 2014. Rodriguez comes to PSJA from Mission Veterans Memorial, where he served as the OC.
6A/PSJA Southwest Jesus Reyes Mike Evans (4-6) The only coach in Southwest has ever known resigns after a 17-35 record in five years. Reyes led the Javelinas to the postseason in 2014 and 2015. Evans comes to Southwest from Brownsville Veterans Memorial, where he served as the DC.
6A/Round Rock Cedar Ridge Shawn Bell N/A (11-1) Bell guided Cedar Ridge to an 11-1 record in his only stint at the six-year-old school. Bell, a former Baylor quarterback, will return to his alma mater as a member of Matt Rhule’s staff. Prior to his year at Cedar Ridge, Bell was 44-27 at six seasons at Magnolia West.
6A/San Antonio Holmes Eddie Salas Juan Morales (5-5) Salas leaves Holmes after four seasons to take over at Northside ISD’s 11th high school, Harlan, which opens in the fall. During his four-year tenure with the Huskies, Salas was 9-31. Morales leaves SA Highlands to take over at Holmes.
6A/San Antonio Reagan David Wetzel Lyndon Hamilton (9-2) Wetzel, who took Reagan to the postseason nine times in his 13-year tenure at the school that opened in 1999, leaves to join the staff at his college alma mater, Baylor. Wetzel earned a 114-41 record and took the Rattlers to the state quarterfinals five times during his tenure. He also had head coaching stints at Austin Hyde Park and Killeen. Hamilton was promoted from DC to take over for the Rattlers.
6A/Spring Sam Parker N/A (9-3) Parker leaves Spring after seven seasons and a 41-38 record to take over at Tomball Memorial. The Lions were 30-9 over the last three years under Parker’s lead.
6A/Weatherford Weldon Nelms N/A (2-8) Nelms announces his retirement after an illustrious career and 248 career wins. Nelms led Wimberley to state championships in 2005 and 2011.
6A/Wofforth Frenship Brad Davis Jay Northcutt (5-6) Davis leaves Frenship after 11 seasons and a 102-34 record at the helm that included a semifinal appearance in 2006 and quarterfinal appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2012. Frenship hires Sachse OC Northcutt to take over.
Class/School Old Coach New Coach 2016 record Summary
5A/A&M Consolidated David Raffield Lee Fedora (8-4) Raffield leaves Consol after six seasons, six postseason appearances and a 46-26 record to pursue other opportunities. He also helped open Cypress Falls in 1992, where he spent the first 11 seasons as an assistant to Wayne Hooks before taking the head coaching job in 2003. Consol alum and former Navasota coach Fedora takes over. Fedora led Navasota to state championships in 2012 and 2014.
5A/Arlington Seguin Carlos Lynn N/A (7-4) Lynn leaves Seguin to take over at Cedar Hill, where he won a state title in 2006 as a DC. The Cougars were 45-50 in nine seasons under Lynn.
5A/Brownsville Porter Tom Campos N/A (0-10) Campos leaves the coaching field after a three-year stint at Porter. On Campos’ watch, the Cowboys were 8-33, including a 6-5 campaign and a playoff appearance in 2015.
5A/Bryan Rudder Will Compton Greg Morgan (2-8) Compton, Rudder’s second coach in the school’s nine-year history, leaves the school after three seasons and a 6-24 record. Prior to his stint in the Brazos Valley, Compton was an assistant at Conroe Oak Ridge. Former Madisonville HC Morgan takes over the Rangers.
5A/Corpus Christi Carroll Jerry Long A.J. Martinez (5-6) Long is out at Carroll after one season citing personal reasons for leaving. Prior to his year in Corpus Christi, Long built a dynasty at East Bernard (2004-15) where he compiled a 99-27 record and a 2012 state championship in 12 seasons there. Carroll hires Odem HC Martinez to take over.
5A/Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway Brian Boone N/A (1-9) Boone leaves his alma mater, Tuloso-Midway, after five seasons and a 13-37 record. The Warriors missed the postseason each season under Boone.
5A/El Paso Austin Rodney Ryan N/A (0-10) Ryan leaves Austin after a disappointing 3-37 record during his four-year stint that included winless campaigns in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Whoever replaces Ryan will inherit a team in the midst of a 20-game losing streak.
5A/El Paso Hanks Kevin Jones N/A (0-10) Jones leaves Hanks after three seasons and a 9-21 record overall. The Knights were 5-5 in 2014 - Jones’ first season at the helm.
5A/El Paso Jefferson Jim Clark Tony Martinez (2-8) Clark leaves Jefferson after five seasons and a 13-37 record overall. The Silver Foxes have not enjoyed a winning season since 2005 when they were 7-3. El Paso High OC Martinez takes over at Jefferson.
5A/Galena Park Dave Handal N/A (2-8) Handal resigns after four seasons at Galena Park. The Yellowjackets were 12-27 in four seasons under Handal.
5A/Houston Madison Pat Reinecke N/A (8-3) Reinecke is reassigned after six years at Madison and a 37-28 record. After replacing Ray Seals in 2011, Reinecke guided the Marlins to the postseason five of the last six years.
5A/Nederland Larry Neumann N/A (4-6) Neumann retires after a 24-year stay in Nederland. He compiled a 186-93-1 record while coaching the Bulldogs.
5A/North Forney Lance Gary Randy Jackson (4-6) Gary leaves North Forney after five seasons. The Falcons were 12-38 under Gary.
5A/SA Highlands Juan Morales N/A (7-4) Morales leaves Highlands to take over at SA Holmes. During Morales’ tenure, the Owls were 14-8 - 7-4 both seasons.
5A/Texarkana Barry Norton N/A (10-1) Norton is moving across town - and across state lines - to take over at Texarkana (Arkansas) High. While at Texarkana (Texas), the Tigers won a state championship in 2002 under Norton, who will take an overall record of 176-32-1 across the state line.
5A/Tomball Danny Ramsey Kevin Flanigan (2-8) After an area round playoff appearance in 2012, Ramsey could not duplicate similar success in his last four seasons in Tomball. He amassed a 19-33 record in five years with the Cougars. Flanigan comes over from Beaumont West Brook.
5A/Tomball Memorial Finis Vanover Sam Parker (6-4) Vanover, who started the Memorial program in 2012, is out after five seasons. He compiled a 22-29 record, which included a 6-5 campaign in 2013 - the Wildcats’ only playoff season so far. Memorial hires Parker from Spring.
5A/Waco University Keith Willis N/A (0-10) Willis retired after this season. He wa 1-39 in four years at University, which included losses for the Trojans in their last 36 contests.
Class/School Old Coach New Coach 2016 record Summary
4A-DI/Big Spring Clint Finley Mitch McLemore (0-9) Finley leaves Big Spring after one season - a winless campaign. Finley, a former Nebraska Cornhusker and Kansas City Chief safety, came to Steer Country after a six-year stint at Los Fresnos. Big Spring hired Junction HC McLemore to take over the program.
4A-DI/Borger James Day N/A (1-8) Day reassigned at Borger after five seasons and a 14-40 record overall. The Bulldogs made the playoffs each season, including this year’s 1-8 campaign, despite having a losing record each year.
4A-DI/Burkburnett Scott Boswell Jason Meng (1-9) Boswell resigns after eight years and a 29-58 record at Burkburnett. The Bulldogs qualified for the postseason under Boswell in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Burkburnett hires Granger HC Meng to take over the program.
4A-DI/Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis Rob Abernathie N/A (0-10) Abernathie retires after a coaching career that lasted more than 30 years. DH-J has one of the state’s longest losing streaks at 67 games going into 2017.
4A-DI/Freeport Brazosport Ben Rudolph Mike Ferrell (1-9) Rudolph is reassigned after a five-year campaign on the Gulf Coast. The Exporters were 8-42 in five seasons under Rudolph. Ferrell hired away from Houston North Forest.
4A-DI/Houston North Forest Mike Ferrell N/A (9-3) Ferrell leaves North Forest to take over at Brazosport. The Bulldogs were 33-13 under Ferrell, 
4A-DI/La Vernia Scott Grubb N/A (2-9) Grubb served as the interim head coach, but decided to retire instead of pursue the head coach job at La Vernia. The Bears still reached the postseason under Grubb despite winning just two games in 2016.
4A-DI/Levelland Jared Sanderson N/A (10-4) Sanderson leaves Levelland to take over at Midland Greenwood. The Lobos were 27-20 under four years with Sanderson.
4A-DI/Liberty Hill Jerry Vance N/A (8-4) Vance retires after 16 seasons at Liberty Hill. Under Vance’s watch, the Panthers won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007, and were 164-57.
4A-DI/Pleasanton Tab Dumont Stephen Liska (6-4) Dumont steps into AD-only role after 19 years and a 121-88 record at Pleasanton. The Eagles reached the state semifinals in 2007. DC Liska promoted to HC.
4A-DI/Princeton Lee Wilkins Clint Suratt (5-6) Wilkins leaves Princeton after four years. He went 29-16 and led the Panthers to the postseason each season at the helm. Princeton hires Frisco Lone Star OC Suratt to take over.
4A-DI/Sanger Chuck Galbreath Cole Ford (6-5) Galbreath steps into an AD-only role at Sanger. The Indians were 65-44 in 10 seasons under Galbreath. OC Ford promoted from within.
4A-DI/Sealy Jason Holcomb Sahen Mobley (5-7) Holcomb resigns after four seasons at Sealy. The Tigers qualified for the postseason in 2014 and 2015 on Holcomb’s watch. Mobley hired away from Sweetwater.
4A-DI/Stafford Ron Counter N/A (9-5) Counter leaves Stafford after four seasons and a 38-12 record to take over at Katy Morton Ranch. The Spartans reached the state quarterfinals in 2016.
4A-DII/Brookshire Royal Eric Robinson N/A (2-8) Robinson leaves Royal after three seasons and a 4-26 record. The Falcons have not had a winning season or reached the postseason since 2010.
4A-DII/Huntington Brian Gandy N/A (2-8) Gandy steps down from the Huntington head football post that he held the previous two seasons. The Red Devils were 5-15 under Gandy, who also served as their offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014.
4A-DII/Midland Greenwood Shad Hanna Jared Sanderson (7-3) Hanna leaves Greenwood after seven seasons. The Rangers reached the postseason five times during Hanna’s tenure. Sanderson leaves Levelland to take over at Greenwood.
4A-DII/Port Isabel Monty Stumbaugh N/A (9-2) Stumbaugh leaves Port Isabel after 16 seasons and a 124-64 record. The Tarpons reached the state semifinals in 2003 and the state quarters in 2012.
4A-DII/Sweetwater Shane Mobley N/A (13-2) Mobley leaves Sweetwater to take over at Sealy. The Mustangs were 41-16 under Mobley and reached the state title game in 2016.
4A-DII/Waco Connally Shane Anderson N/A (5-6) Anderson resigns from Connally after two seasons and a 7-14 record overall. Anderson guided the Cadets to the playoffs in 2016.
Class/School Old Coach New Coach 2016 record Summary
3A-DI/Commerce Jeff Cleveland N/A (2-8) Cleveland moves into administration after a disappointing 2-8 season at Commerce. The Tigers were 14-19 in three years under Cleveland, and went 7-5 in 2014 and 5-6 in 2015.
3A-DI/Cotulla Kelly Shull N/A (1-9) Shull led Cotulla on an interim basis last season. The Cowboys won just once under the legend Shull, who has 184 career wins to his name.
3A-DI/Edna Huey Chancellor N/A (6-6) Chancellor retires after 25 years of coaching, including the last three at Edna. The Cowboys went to the state semifinals in 2014 under Chancellor, who has a record of 164-123.
3A-DI/Hardin Tod Stark Larry Haynes (0-10) Stark resigned midseason after a 0-5 start. Hardin finished 0-10, and Stark was 3-12 in a year and a half there. Haynes, a former Hardin coach, comes out of retirement.
3A-DI/Ingram Tom Moore Jeff Kowalski Duane Kroeker (0-10) Kowalski steps down after eight seasons and a 26-47 record at Moore. The Warriors snapped a 40-game losing streak in 2010 and went 10-3 in 2014 on Kowalski’s watch. Kroeker, a former DC at Moore, takes over as HC.
3A-DI/Littlefield Bryan Huseman N/A (9-4) Huseman retires after 26 years at Littlefield - 10 as head boys basketball, 16 as head football. The Wildcats went to the 1993 state title game in basketball and 2006 title game in football under Huseman.
3A-DI/McGregor Tim Seward N/A (4-6) Seward moves into administration at McGregor ISD. The Bulldogs were 66-39 in nine seasons under Seward, who guided them to a 13-1 finish in 2009.
3A-DI/Mount Vernon Dickey Meeks N/A (5-5) Meeks retires after a stellar 42-year career that included 252 wins and state championships at Chapel Hill in 1989 and Henderson in 2010. Mount Vernon was 7-13 in two seasons under Meeks, and qualified for the postseason in 2016.
3A-DI/Pilot Point Rob Best N/A (2-8) Best retires after 43 years of coaching, including the last six at Pilot Point. The Bearcats were 35-28 under Best, including a 10-3 finish in 2014.
3A-DI/Quitman John Woodard N/A (0-10) Woodard was winless in three seasons at Quitman. The Bulldogs have a 33-game losing streak going into 2017.
3A-DI/Shallowater Chad Terry N/A (2-9) Terry resigns after a 2-9 campaign in his only season at Shallowater. Despite the losing season, the Mustangs still made it to the playoffs in 2016.
3A-DII/Big Lake Reagan County Ken Campbell N/A (9-2) Campbell is out after five seasons in Big Lake. He was 26-26 and guided the Owls to the postseason each of the last two years.
3A-DII/Odem A.J. Martinez N/A (11-2) Martinez leaves his alma mater, Odem, for 5A CC Carroll. The Owls were 53-21 and reached the postseason each year in six seasons under Martinez.
3A-DII/Pattonville Prairiland Alex Richters N/A (2-8) Richters is reassigned after a four-year stint at Pattonville. The Patriots were 16-26 with playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015 under Richters.
3A-DII/Sabine Mark Comfort N/A (2-9) Comfort leaves Sabine after a five-year stint that resulted in a 16-37 record. Despite the subpar record, the Cardinals qualified for the postseason each of the last three years.
Class/School Old Coach New Coach 2016 record Summary
2A-DI/Axtell Mike Cadell N/A (1-9) Cadell moves into administration after 20 seasons of leading Axtell onto the gridiron. The Longhorns have been led by Cadell since 1997.
2A-DI/El Dorado Brian Green N/A (2-8) Green leaves El Dorado after four seasons and a 14-29 record. The Eagles went to the postseason in each of their first three seasons under Green.
2A-DI/Hawkins Marty Moore N/A (2-8) Moore resigns after five seasons and a 14-36 record at Hawkins. The Hawks last appeared in the postseason in 2009.
2A-DI/Hico Keith Wood N/A (6-5) Wood retires after 21 years at Hico, including the last nine as the HC. The Tigers were playoff regulars on Wood’s watch, including a semifinal run in 2013 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2014.
2A-DI/Junction Mitch McLemore N/A (6-6) McLemore leaves Junction after three seasons to take over at 4A Big Spring. The Eagles were 18-17 under McLemore and went to the playoffs each season under his watch.
2A-DI/McCamey Ricky Peacock N/A (3-8) Peacock is out at McCamey after two seasons and a 5-16 record. The Badgers reached the postseason in 2016 despite the subpar record.
2A-DI/San Saba Jeff Pannell N/A (0-10) Pannell resigns from San Saba after an eight-year stint. The Armadillos were 33-54 under Pannell, which included postseason appearances in each of the first four seasons (2009-12).
2A-DI/Shelbyville Jason Ferguson Charles Tindol (2-8) Ferguson resigned in midseason in the midst of a domestic violence arrest. Shelbyville was 26-12 in 3 ½ seasons under Ferguson, which included a 12-1 campaign in 2015 and a 1-4 record in the first five games of the 2016 season. Shelbyville ISD promoted assistant Charles Tindol to the head coach position on Dec. 12. Tindol, who finished the season as the interim head coach, also coached at Italy in 2013 and 2014.
2A-DI/Simms Bowie Charles Hudgeons N/A (4-7) Hudgeons resigns after a three-year stint in Simms. The Pirates were 6-23 under Hudgeons, which included a 4-7 playoff campaign in 2016.
2A-DI/Tom Bean Pepper Nix N/A (5-6) Nix steps down at Tom Bean and leaves the coaching field. Nix turned the TomCats from a 1-9 team in 2015 to a 5-6 playoff team in 2016.
2A-DII/Granger Jason Meng N/A (9-3) Meng leaves Granger after two seasons to take over at Burkburnett. The Lions were 14-9 under Meng.
2A-DII/Haskell Grady Benton N/A (4-6) Benton gets reassigned after five seasons and a 21-30 record. The Indians went to the postseason in 2015 under Benton.
2A-DII/Iola Pete Martinez Dwayne Ross (8-5) Martinez steps down after four seasons at Iola. The Bulldogs went 34-14 under Martinez’s watch, which included trips to the postseason each year, including the state quarterfinals in 2014. Ross is promoted from DC to take over the program.
Class/School Old Coach New Coach 2016 record Summary
New School - Cypress Bridgeland N/A N/A N/A Cy-Fair ISD’s 12th high school opens in the fall and plays varsity football in 2018.
New School - Katy Paetow N/A B.J. Goette N/A Katy ISD’s eighth high school opens in the fall and plays varsity football in 2018. Goette hired away from his OC position at Katy High to lead Paetow.
New School - Klein Cain N/A James Clancy N/A Klein ISD’s fifth high school opens in the fall and plays varsity football in 2018. Clancy hired from Strake Jesuit to be Cain’s first head coach.
New School - Pflugerville Weiss N/A Thomas Aultman N/A Pflugerville ISD’s fourth high school opens in the fall and plays varsity football in 2018. Aultman was hired away from Pflugerville Hendrickson, where he served as the DC.
New School - San Antonio Harlan N/A Eddie Salas N/A Northside ISD’s 11th high school opens in the fall and plays varsity football in 2018. Salas was hired away from fellow Northside school Holmes in December.
New School - San Antonio Legacy N/A John Tarvin N/A Southwest ISD’s second high school opens in the fall and plays varsity football in 2018. Tarvin was Southwest High’s DC in 2015 and was the coordinator of a middle school in SWISD in 2016.

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