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Coach of the Week. presented by Houston Methodist

Nominate a high school football coach you know for Coach of the Week presented by Houston Methodist! Every week during the high school season, one coach will be recognized for their positive impact on student athletes, their community, and football program.

Each coach will receive recognition on HoustonTexans.com, a certificate signed by Houston Texans Head Coach David Culley and a $2,500 grant for their football program.

2021 Winners

William Gotte

William Gotte

Week 4
School: Paetow High School
Years Coaching: 20

Why I Coach: "My passion is football, but my purpose is positive influence. Competitive success is great, but at this stage in my career, I get just as much or more gratification from stories I have with former players. They credit our impact on them for their success as fathers, husbands, business owners, or community leaders."

About Coaching: "It is all about the X's and O's. Success in the game is achieved through individual actions or performances."

Zach Head

Zach Head

Week 3
School: Clear Falls High School
Years Coaching: 19

Why I Coach: "To help grow young people into citizens of high character through a sport I love."

About Coaching: "The most misunderstood thing about the coaching profession is the tremendous care we have for all of our athletes. Plus, the sacrifices coaches make being away from their own families to help out others."

Matt Puente

Matt Puente

Week 2
School: Milby High School
Years Coaching: 12

Why I Coach: "To see our kids walk across that stage as high school graduates and become successful. As coaches, we love to see our kids move on and have a chance to play at the next level, but the kids who join the work force, attend a trade school, join the military, or continuing onto college are just as important and deserve to be celebrated."

Coaching Style: "In coaching, we treat opponents as an "issue." We take that issue, create a solution (gameplan), and execute that solution. Which is a lesson that can be applied to many aspects of life outside of football. The amount of kids we impact who may not continue with sports after high school is very high, but the lessons we teach will always stick with them no matter what they move on to."

Shane Byrd

Shane Byrd

Week 1
School: Dulles High School
Years Coaching: 21

Why I Coach: "To build up young men through the game of football and to show our team how to be a servant leader and put others ahead of yourself. I want all our players to love others, give their best effort, be self-disciplined, compete at everything, be mentally/physically tough and have faith in the process. These are the character traits that will help them win in all phases of life."

Team Work in the Community: "Community service is important to me because it teaches our players how to serve and give back to others. Our team goal is 10 hours of community service per player each year. Two players helped start a group called Dulles HS Pass and Play where they collect new/used sports equipment and deliver it to children in need. I am proud of them for taking the initiative to help start this amazing group that will impact lots of kids."

An image from the Sept. 4, 2019 Texans high school coach of the week presentation.
An image from the Aug. 31, 2018 community development event in which the Coach of the Week Award was presented to Santa Fe High School.
An image from the Oct. 8, 2019 Texans Coach of the Week presentation to Cornell Gray of Furr HS.
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