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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 and a $2,500 grant for their football program.

2022 Winners

Allen Aldridge

Allen Aldridge

Week 1
School: Bush High School
Years Coaching: 19

Why I Coach: "My father was a coach, my mother is a retired teacher, my sister is a teacher…..I have a family full of educators. Hard work and dedication will take you far in life. "Class and Character" was my school motto at Willowridge High School, and I carried that with me my entire life. I always wanted to coach High School football."

Important School Initiatives: "We have a football leadership program. We will do various things around the community. It is important that people see us in the community and not just on the football field. We work on leadership daily."

Kelvin Chatham

Kelvin Chatham

Week 2
School: Booker T. Washington High School
Years Coaching: 8

Why I Coach: "The reason why I coach is because there was a coach in my life who changed my life and I want to give the same opportunity to the kids that I coach. No matter what their different struggles are or where they come from, whether it a good or bad environment, I want to give them the opportunity to let football take them to places that they would not normally be able to go because that's what the game did for me."

Important School Initiatives: "One thing that we do is give up one day of practice and devoted to study hall so that I can ensure all of my kids are passing their classes. We take grades very seriously with our program."

Wade Miller

Wade Miller

Week 3
School: Uvalde High School
Years Coaching: 28

Why I Coach: "I coach because I love kids and I love football. I have chosen to stay at the high school level because I feel I can impact more kids when you count 7th grade through 12th grade."

Important School Initiatives: "My coaches and athletes are trying to shine a positive light on our community after the tragic events. We feel like we can help the people of Uvalde heal."

Gary Jessie

Gary Jessie

Week 4
School: Sterling High School
Years Coaching: 25

Why I Coach: "I coach to give back to kids what my parents, teachers, and coaches gave to me. The ultimate goal is education, but let's teach kids how to use football as the vehicle to get you to that goal. I chose high school because that's where it started for me in terms of the seriousness about my future."

Important School Initiatives: "We mentor our feeder pattern schools. We raise money for breast cancer awareness during the month of October. Each player must pay $1 for every pink accessory he wears. At the end of the month, we send all the proceeds to the breast cancer foundation of the players' choice."

Jarvis Kelley

Jarvis Kelley

Week 5
School: Westbury High School
Years Coaching: 16

Why I Coach: "I coach because playing sports in high school helped mold me into the person I am today. Sports taught me how to overcome adversity in life, and this is my opportunity to pay that gift forward to the next generation of student-athletes. My coaching philosophy is simply based on keeping things simple so the kids can play fast."

Important School Initiatives: "We are looking forward to our upcoming community outreach event where our student-athletes will participate in the Houston Food Bank Drive assisting families in need."

Chris Dudley

Chris Dudley

Week 6
School: Cinco Ranch High School
Years Coaching: 21

Why I Coach: "I love coaching because of the difference you can make in young kids lives. As coaches we have an opportunity to grow young people and develop their character, discipline, and how to handle adversity. I love coaching because of the competitiveness and challenges as well. High school athletics provides the purest form of sport in our country today."

Important School Initiatives: "We have a servant mentality with our football team. In the past year, we have done small things like give our band popsicles, make Coke floats for our trainers, put together goodie bags for our volleyball team, and bigger service projects like contributing to food drives, visiting with elderly at a local retirement home. Each fall our football team captains take part in a Red Ribbon (Say No to Drugs) Pep Rally at Creech Elementary. We are looking to reach even farther and wider this year and in the coming years with service projects."

Jim Shewmake

Jim Shewmake

Week 7
School: Alvin High School
Years Coaching: 43

Why I coach: "I lost my father, and it was just mom and me. My coaches were my male role models and I watched them closely. Cal Steveson, Bill Herron, and Lewis Boomer were huge to me in junior high. They coached me, loved me, and helped me make it through my junior high years. At Odessa High School, I was able to play for some outstanding men. Head Coach Dick Winder and his entire staff were special. Joe Casas and Harry Ray were the two, along with Coach Winder, I worked with the closest. They praised effort over everything. Playing for them was special. I felt special every day and I have tried to give that to the kids I have coached over the years."

James Clancy

James Clancy

Week 8
School: Klein Cain School
Years Coaching: 18

Why I coach: "I coach to make a difference in the lives of young people I get to be around on a daily basis. I was greatly impacted by coaches throughout my life and still am to this day. I value the relationships with all people involved in our profession, especially my players. I truly believe that it is a calling. We always tell our players that our program is not just a four-year relationship, it is a 40-year relationship."

Important school initiatives: "We are a Wounded Warrior Project Ambassador school, and Gridiron Heroes supporter. These initiatives allow members of our program to see how football can give back to those who have sacrificed so much."

Johnathan Wilson

Johnathan Wilson

Week 9
School: Klein Forest High School
Years Coaching: 9

Why I coach: "I coach because I want to impact the youth in a positive way. Football is a great game but I believe more importantly it teaches life lessons such a discipline, structure, and work ethic. I decided to coach at the high school level because I wanted to help build young men into responsible adults through the game of football. Klein Forest is where I graduated high school from so I wanted to come back and give back to my community. Klein Forest holds a very special place in my heart and it will always be home!"

Important school initiatives: "Our football program has been a part of several community events over the last few years. We encourage all athletes to give back to their community. Some of the events that we have been a part of are a carwash at Fallbrook Church, reading to students at Greenwood Elementary School and volunteering at The Houston Foodbank."

Lawson Hartwick

Lawson Hartwick

Week 10
School: Brazos High School
Years Coaching: 9

Why I coach: "One of the biggest reasons that I coach is because of my dad. I grew up a coach's kid and have loved the game ever since. I would say that one of the biggest things that I try to coach by "is they don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care."

Important school initiatives: "Every game day our athletes go down to our elementary school in town to open doors and spend time with the elementary kids. I think that this is very important because it gives the kids someone to look up to when they get older, and also helps our athletes to know that they have someone who is always watching and looking to them as role models."

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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