A memorable moment in my career here was, of course, the 2009 SPC Football Championship, a 52-7 win over Kinkaid. That was my first SPC Football title as Head Coach and it was against a program that I have great respect for, as I coached and taught at Kinkaid for 13 years, and had won five SPC titles as an Assistant Coach. As soon as the game ended, my oldest son Cameron, who was a senior center, picked me up in celebration.
I’m proud of having coached Marvin Wilson and Walker Little. Marvin was ranked the number one player in the country by Rivals rankings. Walker Little was ranked the number one player in the country by 24-7 rankings. Until that time, Texas had only ever had two players ranked number one in the country, Adrian Peterson and Vince Young. I bred, raised, and showed the number one Italian Greyhound in the country. ‘Rocco’ won Breed Champion, People’s Choice Award, and Top 10 Award at the National Specialty in San Francisco, California. In 1998, I was selected to the Texas High School Hall of Honor for Coaching. In 2006, I was selected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and given a Lifetime Service Award. Just recently, I was named the Head Coach for the High School All American Game, played January 5. That was an incredibly proud moment, knowing that I was selected to coach the game amongst 15,000 plus coaches around America.
Those are all fun accomplishments but, at the end of the day, watching and helping the kids at Episcopal grow and mature through high school is what brings satisfaction to my life.
Without question, my father has been the biggest influence in my life. He helped build Cargil Salt from a small salt company to one of the world’s largest. Our family moved multiple times around the country as new territories were structured. My father was incredibly driven but always made time for the family. From my earliest days as a hockey player, baseball player, and football player, my dad was always the coach on the team.
My dad did two things that changed my life forever: When I was twelve, my dad told me to make sure that the lawn was mowed by the time he returned from work. Well, one day I didn’t mow the yard. I told him that I didn’t have time. He replied, “You didn’t make time.” That has become how I live my life. With my three boys at home, I’m constantly talking about planning and structuring our day. Second, in 1984, my father moved the family to Houston to become the CEO of United Salt. If he hadn’t taken that job, I would have never met my wife and I would never come to EHS.