Todd Dodge will retire as a Texas high school football coach, marking his career as a stellar career as he led Austin Westlake to a third consecutive state championship with a 40-21 victory over Denton Guyer on Saturday night.
Dodge announced his retirement before his 23rd season as head coach in football-mad Texas, where he served as a pioneering quarterback in Port Arthur before becoming a starter with the Texas Longhorns.
“I have three beautiful grandchildren. I want to be a pawn for those guys,” Dodge said after the game. “My mom is 83 and still knows who I am, and I want to spend as much time as I can with her.”
Seven coaching championships come to Dodge. Before ending the 58-year-old’s career with Westlake, Dodge led Southlake Carroll to four titles and a 79-1 record in five 2002-06 seasons.
Only three head coaches in Texas have won more 11-man titles than Dodge, who departed with Westlake on a journey similar to his Carroll tenure with a 45-1 record that included three consecutive titles. next. The team record in his seven championship seasons was 124-2.
Dodge won his sixth and second titles at Westlake last season, beating his son Riley Dodge, the coach at Carroll, and his former quarterback at the Dallas area school.
All of Dodge’s championships are ranked at the top of the state, including this season’s 6A Division II Championship. He finished with a 233-72 record at six schools.
After a wildly successful stint at Carroll, Dodge made a rare but unsuccessful move to FBS as head coach for more than three seasons at North Texas. Dodge’s record with Mean Green is 6-37.
After a brief stint as a college assistant, Dodge returned to Texas as a coach at Marble Falls before moving to Westlake, where his career began in the 1980s as a student assistant pellets. His first three head coaching jobs were at Cameron Yoe, Carrollton Newman Smith and Keller Fossil Ridge.
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