One of the longest tenured head coaches in the Houston area has reportedly decided to call it a career. As first reported by Matt Stepp of DCTF, Pearland head coach Tony Heath is retiring effective at the end of July.
— Matt Stepp (@Matt_Stepp817) June 20, 2017
Angel Verdejo Jr. of The Houston Chronicle later confirmed the report.
— Angel Verdejo Jr. (@ahverdejo) June 20, 2017
Heath led the Oilers for 20 seasons and compiled a 195-53 record since he first took over as head coach in 1997. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at La Marque.
The longtime head coach helped build the Pearland program into a consistent playoff contender. Up until his arrival, the Oilers had only made the playoffs only six times since the school’s first season in 1949. He led the Oilers to at least a share of eight district titles and a state title in 2010. He also helped lead Pearland back to the state title game in 2013.
Last season, Pearland finished 8-4 and fell in the area round of the Class 6A Divsion I playoffs to Atascocita. There is no word yet on how Pearland will do for their coaching situation for the upcoming season, which is just over 70 days away.
Pearland opens their season on September 1 at home against Clear Springs.
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