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John Tyler Set To Hire New Football Coach

Come Thursday, John Tyler High School will officially have a new head football coach. That announcement is set to happen at an 11:30 school board meeting. Beaumont Ozen Head Coach Thomas Brooks is expected to be the person introduced as the new man to lead the Lions. TISD Athletic Director Danny Long confirmed today he and John Tyler Principal Michael McFarland are recommending Brooks to the school board. Brooks actually told his principal and athletic director he was going to stay in Beaumont, but ended up changing his mind over the holiday break and decided to accept the job. Brooks broke the news to his players this morning that he was leaving Ozen after three seasons to accept the job in Tyler. In the end, the allure of a program that has won three state championships and played in one as recently as 2000, was too much for him. He brings with him a career record of 86-39 over 11 seasons as a head coach, and accepts the task of turning around a John Tyler program that has won just six games over the past three years, including an 0-18 record in district action.

"It's going to be a lot of work," Brooks said. "It's going to be a big challenge and I'm not expecting next year to go in and go to the playoffs, but I want to see progress and so just got to go in there and roll the sleeves up and get to work."

So how good of a coach is Brooks? His recent record tells the tale. At Jasper in 2000, Brooks' team won just three games, but all three were district games, and they made the playoffs. In an effort to improve the chances for his team, Brooks decided to learn the entire spread offense from scratch.. As a result, his 2001 team won 12 games, advancing all the way to the state quarterfinals. Moving to Ozen in 2002, his Panthers struggled early with the spread, so he switched back to the power running attack and guided them to the district title. He won six games in 2003, then bounced back for eight more wins this past season to claim a piece of another district championship.

Kevin Berns, reporting.
kberns@kltv.com

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