In the Panhandle, Gary Cornelsen takes over at Amarillo River Road, where he succeeds Steve Culwell. Cornelsen was at Liberal, Kansas, for a lengthy span from 1975 to 2004, covering two separate stints. His Liberal teams won Kansas Class 5A titles in 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1997 and plays some Texas Panhandle schools in non-district. He is not a stranger to Texas, however, since he coached Pampa from 1982-88 and coached the girls track and field team to state titles in 1986 and 1988.
Mike Lipsey, head baseball coach and athletic director at Class A Celeste, is now also the school's head football coach. Lipsey replaces Steve Sumrow, who moved on to Caddo Mills. Lipsey graduated from Celeste in 1977 and has been at the school since 1993. He was an assistant football coach at Eastland prior to that. The Blue Devils finished as state runners-up in 2001 and 2002.
Adam Arroyo, an assistant at The Colony, is heading to South Texas where he is the new coach at Skidmore-Tynan. Arroyo replaces Graig Hesseltine, who moved on to Ingleside. Arroyo played at Cuero and was an all-SWC offensive lineman at Baylor in 1991. Arroyo leaves The Colony head coach Brent Davis, with whom he also coached at Sinton and Banquete prior to The Colony.