The Texas high school football coaching carousel continued spinning, as the Clear Creek Independent School District board of trustees voted 7-0 Monday night to name Bay City head football coach Guadalupe Florez as the new head football coach at Clear Brook.
“What I have to bring is more than just winning football games, it’s more than winning other athletic events, it’s about developing great young men and great young women,” Florez said. “That’s my mission, that’s my goal, and I feel I have a great opportunity here at Clear Brook with a lot more kids to develop.”
Florez describes his coaching style as energetic and enthusiastic, factors that, along with having a clear vision, factored into turning around the Bay City program in recent years.
“I have a vision, which is our core values: class, integrity and total effort,” Florez said. “When you have something you believe in, when you have a program you believe in — and I believe with all my heart in this program — it’s easy to go in and sell it to the kids, and it’s easy to sell it to the community.”
The Blackcats were 1-29 in the three seasons prior to Florez taking over in the 2015 season, including an 0-10 2014 season. In the seven seasons prior to Florez’s arrival, Bay City had no playoff appearances and a 10-58 record.
After a 4-6 season in 2015, Florez led Bay City to its first playoff appearance since 2007 in 2016, finishing with a 7-5 record and a third-place showing in District 12-4A-I. Bay City went 7-4 with another third-place finish this past season. In both of Florez’s playoff appearances with Bay City, the Blackcats reached the second round — the first of which marked Bay City’s first playoff win since 2003
“We had some really strong candidates for this position, and it was difficult to find one out of those outstanding candidates,” Fuchs said. “But, he really rose to the top in the interview process, as well as our second interview round.
“We worked as a committee to go out and research coach Florez, and everything that came back was extremely positive and professional concerning him and his program,” Fuchs added. “And we feel like he is definitely the best fit for Clear Brook, and we’re excited to begin to process of getting him over to Brook.”
Bay City reached the state championship game in 2003 (losing to North Crowley, 20-6), but over the next 11 seasons the Blackcats compiled just a 32-79 record — with three playoff appearances, two winless seasons, two 1-9 seasons and four different head coaches in that span.
Prior to Bay City, Florez was the offensive coordinator at Cameron Yoe for that program’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 state championship seasons.
“I enjoyed my time there and coaching there,” Florez said. “It was another one of those great opportunities that have led me down this path. I was blessed to meet coach Rick Rhodes while I was there. He’s been my mentor through all of this. It was a life-changing experience.”
Florez and wife Fawn have been married for 18 years, and have three adopted children: Darryl, 19, La’Darrian, 17, and Jessa, 12.
The Clear Brook job became available when then-head coach Mike Allison accepted the head coach position at Pearland Dawson after it was vacated by Eric Wells, who was promoted to an administrative position in the Pearland ISD athletics department.
Other new head football coaching hires made in the area this offseason include Texas City assistant head coach Shone Evans taking over the La Marque program, and South Houston head coach and long-time assistant coach in Clear Creek ISD Dwayne Lane getting the top job at Clear Creek.