Keep track of every head coaching change for football teams in the Dallas area. Schools below are listed in alphabetical order.
Out: Edward Taylor
Wilmer-Hutchins defensive coordinator Claudio Urbina will take over as the new head football coach for Adamson.
Urbina served as both defensive coordinator and head boys soccer coach at Wilmer-Hutchins. He was named District 10-4A Coach of the Year in soccer for carrying his team to a 14-7-2 finish and a second-round playoff appearance.
Adamson has won just three football games in the last three seasons.
Out: Bob Wager (Dec. 30)
Arlington ISD didn’t look far to hire Bob Wager’s replacement.
The district announced Tuesday morning that Arlington Martin offensive coordinator Chad Rives would be promoted to take over the head football coach position.
Rives has spent 17 years at Martin as its offensive coordinator — all under head coach Bob Wager — helping lead Martin to 17 consecutive playoff appearances and 10 district titles. He coached an offense that finished fourth in the Dallas area last season in scoring (45.42 points per game) and fifth in rushing (254.33 yards per game). Martin fell in the area round of the playoffs to Lewisville after a 10-2 season and 6-0 finish in District 8-6A.
“We’re excited that Chad is taking his next step at Martin,” Arlington ISD athletic director Eric White said in a statement released by the district Tuesday. “He’s responsible for a lot of success the program has had. He knows what the standard is at the school, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes under Chad.”
Cedar Hill’s school board of trustees approved the hiring of Nick Ward as its football team’s next coach on Monday night.
Ward will replace Carlos Lynn, who resigned from his position as head coach in November after six seasons. Cedar Hill went 44-26 under Lynn and advanced to the 2020 6A Div. II state championship game. Cedar Hill went 2-8 in 2022.
Ward most recently worked as the defensive backs coach at Midlothian, which went 12-1 in 2022 and allowed 18.8 points per game. A Seagoville graduate, Ward played cornerback for the University of Miami from 1995-99, and coached at Cleburne and North Mesquite before he served as Cedar Hill’s defensive backs coach from 2020-21.
“The players and coaches can expect to see a change,” Ward said in a statement provided by Cedar Hill ISD. " We need to raise our expectations and set a higher standard the everyone involved. The community can expect to see me everywhere.”
Colleyville Covenant Christian
Out: Phil Towe
Colleyville Covenant Christian announced Tuesday night that it has hired former Major League Baseball All-Star Vernon Wells as its head football coach.
Wells played football and baseball at Arlington Bowie, and he signed with Texas to play both sports before being drafted in the first round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997. He has coached multiple sports during 11 years at Colleyville Covenant, and he was the associate varsity football coach for six years, during which time CCA won two state titles. He replaces Phil Towe, who is now the school’s athletic director.
“This is an out-of-the-park home run hire for our football program,” Towe said in a press release. “Vernon is one of the smartest coaches I know, as he is on another level in terms of coaching, seeing the game and competitiveness.”
Out: Kirk Martin
In: Jerry Edwards (March 23)
Former Killeen Harker Heights head football coach Jerry Edwards will be recommended for the boys’ athletic coordinator and head football coach position at Colleyville Heritage during Monday’s school board meeting, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD announced Thursday morning.
Edwards has been at Harker Heights since 2013 and is the all-time winningest coach in school history, leading his team to playoff appearances in the last four seasons.
In 2022, Edwards set a single-season record with 12 wins, claiming the district 12-6A title and advancing to the regional finals where it fell to eventual 6A Division II state champion DeSoto.
“Coach Edwards has built a successful program and brand vertically, across the school and within the community in all sports,” said GCISD executive director of athletics Todd Raymond. “He brings so much passion and energy to the campus and community, and we’re looking forward to his positive contribution to CHHS.”
Waco University head football coach Kent Laster will take over as the new head coach at Denton Braswell.
Laster spent the last two seasons turning around a Waco University program that went 0-10 in his first season before finishing 6-6 in 2022 and earning its first playoff appearance since 2009. It reached the second round.
Laster is taking over for Cody Moore, the only head coach Braswell has ever had, who resigned in early March before taking over as offensive coordinator at Rockwall-Heath under new head coach Rodney Webb.
Flower Mound Marcus
After eight years in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Grapevine head football coach Mike Alexander is taking on a new challenge.
Alexander told The Dallas Morning News Friday morning that he has accepted the role of head football coach at Flower Mound Marcus.
He called the decision an emotional one, but said that he was excited for the new challenge of coaching 6A football.
“I’ve always still desired to coach at the highest level of Texas high school football and to have the opportunity to lead a program like Marcus, a 6A school in a very competitive district, it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along just all the time,” Alexander said.
Marcus spent six seasons as Grapevine’s head coach after being promoted from defensive coordinator in 2017. He finished with a 56-21 record and never missed the playoffs.
Fort Worth Christian
Out: Nate Sanford
Fort Worth Christian announced Brady Gunn as its new head football coach Thursday, while former coach Nate Sanford will take on full-time athletic director duties at the school.
“Brady Gunn is uniquely qualified to lead this program. He not only has years of coordinating experience on both offense and defense, he has also poured 14 years of his life into the FWC student body and family,” Sanford said in a statement.
Gunn has spent 16 years in the high school coaching ranks and returned to Fort Worth Christian in 2021. He previously served as head coach for the program during the 2018 season.
Frisco Memorial announced that it has named Frisco Centennial offensive coordinator Jeff Jackson as its new head football coach.
Jackson will replace Derick Roberson, who became the athletic director for Duncanville ISD in June. Roberson was the only coach Memorial has had since opening in 2018, and it was 11-38 in that span.
Centennial was 4-6 last season, and its offense averaged 17.2 points per game. Jackson takes over a Memorial program that was 2-8 and averaged 28.1 points.
Jackson worked in Plano ISD and Mount Pleasant ISD before joining Frisco ISD in 2016. In addition to serving as Centennial’s offensive coordinator, he was also the head track coach.
Jackson’s hiring comes about five weeks before the start of the season, with Week 1 games scheduled for Aug. 24-26. Class 6A and 5A teams that didn’t hold spring workouts can start fall practice July 31, and the remainder of the teams in those classifications will begin practice Aug. 7.
In: Bob DeBesse
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will recommend Bob DeBesse for the position of Grapevine head football coach and boys athletic coordinator, the district announced Thursday.
DeBesse, Grapevine’s offensive coordinator and tight ends coach with nearly four decades of experience at the college level, will be recommended for the position at a school board meeting on Friday. He’ll replace Mike Alexander, who was named Flower Mound Marcus’ head coach in March.
Prior to joining Grapevine’s coaching staff, DeBesse coached college football for nearly 40 years. He went 26-40 as Texas State’s head coach from 1997-2002, and had stops at Minnesota (offensive coordinator), TCU (offensive coordinator), Purdue (wide receivers), Texas A&M (wide receivers), Sam Houston State (offensive coordinator), New Mexico (offensive coordinator) and most recently Georgia Southern (offensive coordinator). He was the 1990 Southwest Conference Offensive Coordinator of the Year at TCU.
Out: Tony Banks
Fort Worth Nolan coach KJ Williams has been named the new head football coach at Greenhill, the school announced Monday.
Williams was the head coach at Nolan for two years, compiling a record of 11-14. Nolan was 4-9 this past season and lost in the TAPPS Division I state semifinals.
Williams will face a big challenge in his new job. Greenhill was 0-9 last season, getting outscored 418-67, and it hasn’t won a game since 2020.
“I’m the type of person that likes a challenge,” Williams said. “Going to Greenhill, I wanted to challenge myself.
Out: David Munoz (May 24)
Flower Mound assistant head coach Brent Nickerson has been named the new football head coach at Irving High, Irving ISD said Thursday.
Nickerson has spent the last three years at Flower Mound, during which time the school was 12-19. Before that he was at his alma mater — Irving MacArthur — from 2013 to 2020 and held roles as defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and head track coach.
Nickerson will replace David Munoz at Irving. Munoz was the head coach there for two years, going 2-8 in 2021 and 1-9 in 2022.
Out: Lonnie Jordan
Lake Highlands announced Friday that it has promoted assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Cory Campbell to head football coach and athletic coordinator.
He replaces Lonnie Jordan, who is now the athletic director for Highland Park ISD.
“I am so excited to continue serving the Lake Highlands learning community as the next athletic coordinator and head football coach,” Campbell said in a statement. “This community is a special place, and I’m honored and humbled with this responsibility. My foremost hope and goal is for LHHS athletics to have a positive impact on the young people entrusted to us as they experience the benefits of hard work and being part of a team.
“Our programs will continue to be a source of pride for everyone in Lake Highlands, and a positive reason for our community to come together in support of our student-athletes.”
Out: Micah Stanley (Nov. 30)
In: Sam Riepe
Life Waxahachie didn’t have to look too far for its next head football coach.
According to Matt Stepp from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, Life Waxahachie will move forward with Sam Riepe for its open head coaching position. Riepe was the school’s defensive coordinator and previously served as head football coach at Maypearl for four seasons.
Stepp first reported Micah Stanley’s departure from Life Waxahachie on Nov. 30, 2022. Stanley was Life Waxahachie’s offensive coordinator before being promoted to head coach in 2019.
Life Waxahachie posted a 2-7 record in the 2022 season, starting the campaign with a 2-1 mark with wins against Ferris and Wills Point.
Mansfield Timberview head coach James Brown is leaving the high school ranks to join SMU’s football staff as the director of scouting and high school relations, he confirmed to The Dallas Morning News on Friday.
Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football first reported Brown’s hiring.
Brown led Timberview to a 81-50 record in 11 seasons at Timberview with three double-digit win years. Timberview went 13-1 last season and advanced to the 5A Region II semifinals for the first time under Brown’s direction. He previously coached at North Forney before joining Timberview’s staff in 2012, and led the team to a 10-2 record in his lone season as head coach.
Timberview finished first in points per game (51.93), second in rushing yards per game (312.93) and fourth in total yards per game (457.14) among Dallas-area 5A teams in 2022. Under Brown, Timberview produced a number of high major prospects, including four-star safety Jordan Sanford (Texas Tech) and three-star offensive lineman Andre Cojoe (Texas) in the class of 2023, three-star safety Landon Hullaby (Texas Tech) in the class of 2022, and three-star edge rusher Terrell Tilmon in the class of 2021.
Out: Todd Ford (Dec. 12)
Former Denison and Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) coach Cody White will be the next head football coach at Plano, the school district has announced.
White, who won four state championships at Brentwood Academy from 2012-22, replaces Todd Ford, who resigned in December after three seasons and a 7-21 record.
“I am beyond humbled to have the opportunity to lead the football program at Plano Senior High,” White said in a statement. “The tradition, administrative support and upward trajectory of the school makes this an incredibly exciting position.”
Ponder head football coach Kyle Cooper announced he was leaving for La Grange on Friday, per a report from Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. He will Ponder ISD announced Tuesday that it has hired Humble coach Marcus Schulz as its head football coach.
Schulz, who coached the Houston-area 6A program for the last two season, will replace Kyle Cooper, who left Ponder for La Grange in February. Humble, which plays in one of the state’s toughest districts alongside Galena Park North Shore, Humble Atascocita and Houston C.E. King, went 7-13 under Schulz.
A Sanger native, Schulz was the head coach at Splendora for seven seasons before he left for Humble in 2021. He led Splendora to its first-ever bi-district championship in 2018.
Prosper has found its new football coach, and it’s one with state championship experience.
Prosper ISD announced Tuesday that offensive coordinator Tyler Moore has been promoted to head coach at Prosper. Moore has been at Prosper for eight years, serving as offensive coordinator for seven of those years.
He was a wide receivers coach on Cedar Park teams that won the 4A Division II state championship in 2012 and that were the 5A Division II state runner-up in 2014. That 2014 team lost 38-35 to Ennis.
This year, Moore helped Prosper reach the 6A Division I state semifinals, where the team lost to eventual state champion Duncanville. Prosper finished 13-2 and averaged 34 points per game.
Prosper Walnut Grove
A state championship coach will be the first head football coach in the history of Prosper Walnut Grove.
Tommy Allison has been hired as the coach at Walnut Grove, Prosper ISD has announced. The school will open next fall but will play what the UIL calls an outlaw schedule its first year before joining a UIL district for the 2024-25 school year.
“I think the biggest thing is the experience,” Prosper ISD executive director of athletics Valerie Little said. “He has been an athletic director and head football coach for well over a decade. He has taken programs like Cayuga, they were not very good when he got there, and he has built those programs up into very successful programs.”
Walnut Grove will be Prosper ISD’s third high school. It is expected to start as a Class 5A Division II school when it joins a UIL district.
Melvin Robinson has been promoted to head football coach at Red Oak, the school district has announced.
Robinson has been at the school since August 2021 and most recently served as interim head coach.
The previous head coach, Tony Holmes, parted ways with Red Oak in December following a 9-3 season that saw Red Oak finish in a three-way tie for second in District 4-5A Division I.
Robinson has also coached at Sachse, Garland and DeSoto.
Out: Greg Pels (Nov. 18)
Richardson Berkner offensive coordinator Kendrick Holloway will be the next head coach at Richardson, the school district confirmed to The Dallas Morning News on Thursday.
Holloway, a Skyline graduate, will replace Greg Pels, who resigned in December after seven seasons as the team’s head coach. Richardson went 20-50 under Pels and finished 3-7 in 2022.
Out: John Harrell
Rockwall ISD is turning to a highly successful former coach from the school district to get the embattled Rockwall-Heath football program back on track.
Rodney Webb is returning to coaching after retiring from the profession in April 2022 and spending a year as the athletic director for Highland Park ISD.
Webb was set to be announced as Rockwall-Heath’s new head coach at a school board meeting Monday night, replacing John Harrell, who resigned at the beginning of this month.
Out: Steve Pierce (May 8)
Steve Pierce, who has been Samuell’s head football coach since 1997, said Monday that he is retiring at the age of 68.
He was Dallas ISD’s longest-tenured current head football coach.
“It was just a multitude of things,” Pierce said. “Primarily, it was time for a change, for myself and for Samuell. It’s been a great, fun ride.”
Pierce started at Samuell in 1986 as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach 11 years later. His best season came in 2001, when he led Samuell to the third round of the playoffs, with wins over Thomas Jefferson and Sherman before losing to Highland Park.
Out: Rocky Smart (Jan. 5)
Sanger has found a new leader for its football program.
According to Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, Sanger will move forward with for Tioga coach Chad Rogers as its new athletic director and head football coach. Rogers owns a 159-94 career record and will take over the program after Rocky Smart’s departure in January.
Rogers coached at Tioga, a Class 2A program, for the past two seasons.
Out: Marco Rivera
Shelton will have its third different coach in three years after promoting defensive coordinator Ed Barry to head football coach.
He replaces Marco Rivera, a former Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman who was 4-6 in his one year as Shelton’s head coach. Rivera was a three-time Pro Bowl selection for the Packers in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and he is a member of the Packers’ Hall of Fame.
Barry has been Shelton’s defensive coordinator for eight years. He also coached the discus and shot put in track.