Tyler Lee head football coach Mike Owens gives insight into this year's Red Raider team.
PLEASE LIST ANY DIVISION ONE-A PROSPECTS IN YOUR SENIOR CLASS ( NAMES AND POSITION(S): Ciron Black (OT/DT) *Committed to LSU Tyrone Ross (TB) Errik Ejike (S) *Out for the season, ankle Jason Stripling (SS) Cole Scates (OLB) (probably recruited as kicker...Cody's younger brother) Walter Simpson (WR) Micah Johnson (CB)
PLEASE LIST YOUR PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE, AND WIN-LOSS RECORD IF HEAD COACH AT EACH LOCATION: W/L Port Arthur- Jefferson HC 14 81-66-1 Tyler Lee HC 9 76-33* *Includes this season through 12-games
HOW MANY DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS: 7
HOW MANY PLAYOFF TEAMS? 17 (Includes 2004)
WHAT’S THE DEEPEST ROUND YOUR TEAM HAS REACHED THE PLAYOFFS? Semi-finals with Lee in 2002, lost to Midland.
WHERE DID YOU GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL? Port Arthur- Jefferson
DID YOU PLAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL,WHAT POSITION(S)? LB/G/FB
WHERE DID YOU GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE? Tulane
DID YOU PLAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL, WHAT POSITION(S)? OG
PLEASE LIST THE GREATEST PLAYERS YOU’VE EVER COACHED (WHEN AND WHERE): 1) Matt Flynn- Tyler Lee ('01-02)(LSU) 2) Elijah Burkins- Port Arthur Jefferson ('93-96)(Baylor) 3) Todd Dodge- Port Arthur Jefferson ('78-80)(UT) 4) Craig Stump- Port Arthur Jefferson ('80-82)(Texas A&M) 5) Derek Farmer- Tyler Lee ('98-00)(A&M and SFA) 6) Justin Warren- Tyler Lee ('00-02)(Texas A&M)
LIST THE GREATEST PLAYERS YOU’VE COACHED AGAINST: 1) Derrick Johnson- Waco ('00-01)(Texas) 2) Reggie McNeal- Lufkin ('98-01)(Texas A&M) 3) James Brown- Beaumont Westbrook (Texas) 4) Leland McElroy- Beaumont Central (Texas A&M) 5) Kevin Smith- West Orange (Texas A&M)
PLEASE EXPLAIN THE MOST EXCITING MOMENT OR GAME IN YOUR COACHING CAREER: "At Lufkin- 2002 overtime win, 21-20, Matt Flynn throws a touchdown pass to Mike Rogers in the end zone as he's falling down..."
PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR MOST DISAPPOINTING MOMENT OR GAME IN YOUR COACHING CAREER: "We were ahead of Permian 21-19 with two minutes to go. We had just stopped them and they punted to us….we fumbled the punt, they recovered, and scored with less than a minute to go. They won the state championship. "1980 loss to Odessa Permian (State finals) 2002 loss to Midland High (State semi-finals).
HAVE YOU EVER COACHED IN A HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME? Yes
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOUR PROGRAM MADE THE STATE PLAYOFFS? 2003
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOUR PROGRAM MISSED THE STATE PLAYOFFS? 1996
WHO WOULD YOU SAY INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST DURING YOUR COACHING CAREER, AND WHY? "Ronnie Thompson- learned how to coach under his leadership. Gave me great responsibility at a young age."
IF YOU COULD MAKE ONE RULE CHANGE IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? "Leave it alone!"
ARE YOU CONCERNED WITH THE VOLATILITY OF HEAD COACHING POSITIONS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL? (PLEASE EXPLAIN): "I have enjoyed my career. The pressure to win has always been a self-imposed pressure until about 10 years ago. The parents (not all of them) have become more and more unrealistic in their expectations for their children. I am glad I am nearing the end of my career…..not just starting."