Euless Trinity elevates Chris Jensen to HC with De La Dalle opener looming.
Euless Trinity elevated Chris Jensen to head football coach Monday. Jensen has been offensive coordinator under retiring coach Steve Lineweaver and was a heavy favorite to be the successor at a highly successful program.
The DeSoto school board meets Monday and could name a successor to Claude Mathis, who left after seven years to become an SMU assistant.
At Trinity, Jensen and defensive coordinator Donald Tyron were established early as leading candidates. Jensen a longtime staffer for Lineweaver since arriving 1990 and was the National Football Foundation Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010. Tyron has stuffed some of the top passing offenses in country in and the Longview grad (Class of ’87) is another original staffer. Tryon is expected to remain on staff but has been involved in several high-profile coaching searches in recent years as well.
Trinity will open its season in a highly anticipated matchup with Concord De La Salle of California. Trinity won state titles in 2005, 2007, 2009 and played in 2010 state final. Trinity (12-2) lost to eventual state champ Allen in a 30-27 thriller before 20,000 in Denton in the 6A state quarterfinals. Trinity will play California power De La Salle in its 2015 season opener at a North Texas venue to be determined.
Jensen is a Commerce native who came with Lineweaver after a successful tenure together at the northeast Texas school. A 1989 Stephen F. Austin graduate, Jensen spent seven of his 10 years at Commerce under Lineweaver.
At DeSoto, offensive coordinator Todd Peterman is a likely successor but Little Elm coach Kendrick Brown is the former DeSoto defensive coordinator who left after the 2013 season.
Greatest Coaching Staff Ever?
Watching Allen coach Tom Westerberg coach USA Football 19U team against Canada. And having visited DFW Coaches Clinic, I’ll throw out my candidate for Greatest HS Coaching Staff of All-Time.
1999 Garland Owls:Won state title with second-half rally past Katy at Houston Astrodome (take that AT&T Stadium balkers from Houston)
Head Coach: Joe Martin (Asst. Executive Director THSCA)
Offensive Coordinator: Tom Westerberg (Allen HC with 4 state titles)
Defensive Coordinator: Jeff Jordan (Garland HC)
Special teams: David Beaty (Kansas HC)
Assistant: Danny Russell (Wichita Falls HC)
Assistant: Derek Alford (Current Waco Midway assistant)
Assistant: Brian Polk (Trophy Club Byron Nelson HC)
Assistant: Rudy Powe (W.T. White HC)
Assistant: Randy Emery (1-time Highland Park HC still roaming Owls sidelines)
The State 7-on-7 will be July 9-11 in College Station. SQT Qualifiers to be announced Sunday.
North Texas Football Coaching Changes
- South Oak Cliff Texas Tech hires away Emmett Jones
- Birdville .. Icon Jim Skinner retires 229 career wins
- Justin Eaton opens for UIL play in 2016
- Midlothian Heritage Lee Wiginton moves over after 5 yrs at Midlothian
- Midlothian now on the clock for new coach
- Hurst L.D. Bell .. Mark Smith leaves for SMU
- Frisco Reedy .. FISD No. 8 goes to Chad Cole (Wakeland DC)
- Skyline .. New DISD AD Gil Garza closing in on big hire
- DeSoto.. Claude Mathis to SMU
- Euless Trinity … OC Chris Jensen succeeds retiring Steve Lineweaver
- Trinity Christian Addison … Steve Hayes to Enid (OK)
- Arlington Lamar .. Arlington HS grad (1990) Laban DeLay takes over
- Duncanville .. Reggie Samples from Skyline named
- Mabank .. Alan Haire from Lago Vista named
- Prosper … Names Chris Ross of Leander ISD
- Waxahachie … National attention for Jon Kitna hire
- Fort Worth Southwest Christian.. Former QB Richard Bartel hired
- Spring Westfield … 6A region II power HC Corby Meekins to UH