KATY, Texas — Longtime Cinco Ranch Defensive Coordinator Chad Simmons was officially named the new head coach of Katy Taylor High School on Monday night after being approved by Katy ISD.
“We have an outstanding process, with a great committee that asks a lot of difficult questions to those we interviewed,” Katy ISD Athletic Director Debbie Decker said to The Katy Times on Monday night.
The two teams were in the the same district last season and were second and fourth, respectively, behind 19-6A champion Katy High School.
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Simmons replaces Trey Herrmann, who was placed on administrative leave after the first game of the season and was replaced by offensive coordinator Joe Sheffy for the remainder of the year. The Mustangs also suffered injuries on the field, including starting quarterback Austin Smith and Texas A&M signee Max Wright during the year.
Despite all this, Katy Taylor finished with a 6-4 record and advanced to the area round of the playoffs.
Simmons had spent the last 18 seasons at Cinco Ranch and had been serving as the defensive coordinator since 2004 under head coach Don Clayton. The Cougars have had one of the stronger defenses in the area under Simmons tenure, giving up just 17.7 points per game in 2017.
“We felt like we were really able to get to know each coach as a person, and in Chad’s case he’s familiar with Katy ISD,” Decker said. “Not many offensive or defensive coordinators can come into a [Class] 6A head football job, but Chad is one of those.”
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