AS MUCH AS GREG PROF-
fitt is like his dad, he had
to be different as a head
Greg Proffitt was promoted after the 2013 season to
succeed his father, longtime
Goldthwaite head coach
Gary Proffitt. Gary won 252
games as the small-town
Eagles’ head coach from
1986-2013, including state
championships in 1993,
1994 and 2009.
Greg didn’t change much
in 2014, and the result was
a 5-6 record and a quick
playoff exit after a 30-point
Class 2A bidistrict loss to
Crawford. The first-time
head coach knew he had
to make changes, and he
conferred with his father
after the season.
Greg Proffitt wanted
to keep the physicality of
A lot of the 2015
offseason and preseason
practices were spent learn-
ing a new offense – some-
thing Goldthwaite players
hadn’t done in 35 years.
Greg Proffitt found the
right quarterback to be
the pistol’s trigger man.
Senior Hunter Parrish had
been an all-state defensive
back and a utility man on
offense, playing everything
from fullback to receiver to
Both Parrish (passing for
1,699 yards and 15 touchdowns, rushing for 1,524
yards and 24 TDs) and his
receivers (four players had
25 or more catches in 2015)
thrived in the new offense.
2010 – and a berth in the
offense and improving
defense resulted in a 10-3
record – Goldthwaite’s first
double-digit win total since
Class 2A Division I regional
Offense wasn’t the only
change Greg Proffitt made.
He got the daily school
schedule adjusted to give
Goldthwaite a year-round
offseason period for weight-
lifting and agility drills.
He also changed the
preseason and in-season
practice schedule, with
coaches at work stations
that highlighted specific
“I’m not saying it’s better
or worse than the way dad
ran practice. He obviously
had a lot of success with
the way he did it,” Greg
Proffitt said. “But this way
gets more kids involved
and fits the kids we have.
We may have to emphasize
different things each year
to fit the personnel we
have, and our practices
allow that flexibility.”
Change isn’t easy, but
eventually, it’s inevitable.
Even at Goldthwaite.
Head coach Matt Poe has
turned Pottsboro into a
IN THE TWO SEASONS BEFORE MATT POE
became a head football coach for the first time,
the program he was about to take over was not in
a good place. Pottsboro was coming off back-to-back 0-10 seasons and had made the playoffs
just twice, and had a winning record just four
times, in the previous 18 years.
Now as Poe enters his 11th season at
Pottsboro, which makes him the longest-tenured
coach in Cardinal history dating back to 1972,
struggling through the fall is a rare occurrence.
“A lot of it is expectations. We do a lot of stuff
with mental toughness,” Poe said. “Make them
believe. Now it’s proven.”
Only once has Poe won fewer than seven
games – the 2009 Pottsboro squad went 1-9
after reaching the state semifinals in 2008 when
it replaced 20 starters with a large group of
In 2010, Pottsboro went 10-2. And in 2011, the
Cardinals started a streak of consecutive district
championships, having won all of their district
contests in that span — a streak Poe and his staff
look to stretch to six in 2016. In the last six years
Pottsboro has lost 10 games total and never more
than two in a single campaign as the program is riding four straight seasons with at least 11 victories.
“That’s where the bar has been set and they
don’t want to be a part of not reaching that goal.
They put some pressure on themselves to carry
that torch,” said Poe, who needs seven victories
to reach a milestone 100. “I think you make a
mistake sitting around and patting yourself on
Part of the success comes from continuity.
While at least some players will change on a
yearly basis, the staff has had almost no turnover
since Poe arrived. The plan, philosophy and
scheme never deviates from the goal.
“One of the reasons we’ve been able to
“I’ve obviously had some great mentors and
maintain the success has been the stability of
the staff. Six of us have been here 10 years,”
Poe said. “We’re a lot of ‘we’ around here. We’re
There’s a feeling that Poe might have been
born to be a coach. His father, Ron, led McKinney
for 31 years, won a state title and was a runner-
up, amassed 225 victories until retiring in 2001
and the town’s stadium bears his name. His
uncle, Don, won 101 games over 17 seasons at
Lewisville, Sulphur Springs and South Garland.
And his brother, Bill, is about to enter his third
season as the head coach at Justin Northwest
after a previous stint at Longview Spring Hill.
role models,” Poe said. “Not only football but
dealing with kids and helping boys become men.”
been led by a Proffitt
(father Gary and son
Greg) since 1986.