KATY (Covering Katy News)—For three of the past four seasons, the Taylor football program has made the playoffs. Mustangs fans are hoping the positive trend will continue with the appointment of a new head football coach.
Chad Simmons is new to Taylor, but he has years of experience in the Katy Independent School District. He had served on the Cinco Ranch Cougars coaching staff since 2000, and as defensive coordinator since 2004.
The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved his appointment at its work-study meeting Monday night.
“I’m very excited to make the move to Katy Taylor High School,” Simmons said. “I think it’s a really good place where we can do some things to make it even better.”
Last year’s squad made it to the area round of the playoffs before losing to Langham Creek and finishing with a 6-5 record.
“They’ve got good people there, good kids,” Simmons said. “They’ve had some success, and I’m very excited to be part of it.”
Simmons is from Nederland and played his college football at Lamar University. Last February, he applied for the Nederland coaching job. With Taylor, he and his family get to remain in the Katy community.
Simmons described the Cinco Ranch and Taylor communities as similar. Cinco Ranch High School opened in 1999 in part because the Taylor High School enrollment was growing and voters approved a bond for a new high school.
“I’ve been at Cinco Ranch for 18 years,” Simmons said. “I’ve had an opportunity to work with some outstanding coaches and kids, and some great administrations and community.”
Simmons succeeds Joe Sheffy, who had been promoted to interim coach following the reassignment of then-coach Trey Hermann.
KISD had placed Hermann on leave August 18 but said it was unrelated to Hermann’s role with students. KISD said additional information on Hermann’s situation could not be provided because it is a personnel matter.
Hermann is now coaching football and teaching physical education at Seven Lakes Junior High School.
Hermann took over the Mustangs in 2014 and led them to an 8-4 record and a playoff berth that season. He finished his Mustangs tenure with a 21-14 record in three-plus seasons.
Sheffy was an assistant on Hermann’s staff when he was named interim coach. Sheffy is a former head coach at Mayde Creek High School and later worked in school district administration.
See Dennis Spellman’s interview with Chad Simmons below.