Calallen’s Danaher Is Already Legendary, Win Or Lose

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There isn’t much else you can say about the winningest Texas High School football coach of all time. He’s legendary already, no matter what happens to Calallen in Friday’s nightcap game against Aledo.

Danaher is a Texan through and through. He played his High School ball at Harlingen, went on to study at Angelo State, and after a smattering of assistant coaching jobs and head coaching jobs, landed at Calallen in 1988. He hasn’t been anywhere since.

Danaher turned around a team that hadn’t been to the playoffs in 28 year. He’s been to the state semifinals 11 times, however, he’s only won in the semifinal round twice: in 2005, and this year. He did not win the title in 2005, falling to Lewisville Hebron by a score of 28-0.

So, Danaher doesn’t have the ring, the only piece of victory hardware that he doesn’t own. This year, he became the all-time wins record holder in all of Texas High School football. He’s done near impossible things with Calallen. He isn’t done yet, but a loss here doesn’t hurt his legacy at all. It’s already cemented.

Calallen squares off against a ridiculously talented and disciplined Aledo team. In many ways, this team will be the best team that Calallen has faced, and will be more talented than the ‘Cats at several positions. However, this is where Danaher thrives: when he’s counted out, when he’s forced to do more with less.

He’s easily a top 5 all time coach in Texas High School football. There’s no debating it, there’s no disputing it. Obviously, Danaher and his crew want the ring. That much is certain. No matter what happens though, no one in the state will change their opinions on Danaher and the Corpus Christi Calallen ‘Cats.


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