TCISD gets new coaches
TEXAS CITY – The TCISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of four new coaches for the 2011-2012 school year. Chris Mason will be the Stings new head boy’s basketball coach. Matt Cooper will take over the helm of the Stings varsity baseball team. Lance Dale will be the new defensive coordinator for the Stings football team. Chad Butler will take over as offensive coordinator for the Stings football team.
Chris Mason has served 21 years as a teacher and coach in La Porte ISD. He served as the head boy’s basketball coach for the last 14 years for the class 5A Bulldogs. During his tenure as La Porte’s head coach, he amassed 284 wins, an average of 20 wins per season. He has a total of eight state playoff appearances including the last seven years in a row. He won five district championships, five bi-district championships and one appearance in the 5A Region III Tournament. Coach Mason has coached a total of eight NCAA Division I basketball players and 10 NCAA Division II, Division III and junior college players during his time at La Porte. His La Porte Bulldog youth basketball camp has averaged 100 campers per year. He joins Jodi Thompson, the Lady Stings head girl’s basketball coach, in Texas City. Coach Thompson came to TCISD last year after 12 years as the head girl’s coach in La Porte.
Texas City alumnus Matt Cooper takes over as the head baseball coach for the Stingarees. Coach Cooper graduated from Texas City High School in 1995. He played baseball for the late head coach, Freddy Carlton. Matt went on to play for Blinn Junior College where he played second base and was an Academic All-American for the Buccaneers. He also played one year at East Texas Baptist University and then finished up his college career and graduated from Tarleton State University in 2000. While at Tarleton, Matt was 1st team all-conference at 2nd base, was named as the conference most valuable player and was a 3rd team Academic All-American for Tarleton in 1999-2000. After graduating from Tarleton, Coach Cooper was in private business for 5 years and then responded to his calling as a teacher and coach in Texas City ISD in 2006. Coach Cooper has been a freshman football coach and was a JV baseball coach up until this past year when he coached on the varsity staff. Matt’s brother, Mark also coaches freshman football and was the JV baseball coach this past year. His mother is retiring after 38 years in teaching and has been head of the Texas City High School English Department. His father is retiring after 41 years in teaching and has been a PE teacher as Roosevelt-Wilson Elementary. Matt was rookie teacher of the year for Texas City High School in 2006-07 and was named as TCHS teacher of the year for 2010-11.
Another TCHS alumnus hired is Lance Dale. He has served nine years as a teacher and coach in the Katy, Houston and McKinney independent school districts. Most recently he has served as the defensive coordinator at Class 5A Mayde Creek High School in the Katy ISD. During his time as Mayde Creek, his team made the 5A state playoffs in 2007 & 2008, ending a 10 year playoff drought. Coach Dale also served as the defensive coordinator at Westside High School in the Houston ISD, where his team was 10-2 district champions and went to the 5A state playoffs. He served four years at McKinney High School as a varsity linebacker coach where his team made the playoffs in Class 4A. In 2005 he was selected to coach in the Oil Bowl All-Star Game in Wichita Falls, Texas and is a 1998 Texas City High School graduate who was a three year letterman and was a pivotal player on the Stings 1997 Class 4A State Championship team. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos with a degree in Exercise Sports Science and minored in mathematics.
Chad Butler comes to Texas City ISD with 11 years experience as a teacher and coach in the Alvin, Houston and Deer Park independent school districts. Most recently, he served as the quarterbacks coach at Manvel High School in Alvin ISD. During his time at Manvel, the Mavericks reached the 2010 4A State Quarterfinals in only the school’s third year of existence. He coached two NCAA Division I quarterbacks at Manvel. He also served as offensive coordinator at Class 5A Lamar High School in Houston ISD where he helped lead the Redskins at a 51-15 record in six seasons under legendary head coach Tom Nolen.