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Coppell, Poteet coaches made major impacts

COACHES OF THE YEAR

Class 5A: Coppell's Joe McBride

In his two years at the school, McBride has turned Coppell into an elite Class 5A program.

McBride had a lot to work with. Coppell was already a perennial playoff participant, but the Cowboys realized their potential in 2010 under McBride's guidance.

Coppell's defense became a punishingly physical unit led by a talented front seven, giving up less than 10 points per game in the regular season.

Maybe McBride's most impressive achievement was turning Coppell's run-first offense into a top-flight passing team.

Coppell's Zero Week win over Mesquite Horn came as a result of running back Cam McDaniel's 40-plus carries. By the end of the season, McBride had quarterback Joe Minden and Coppell's passing game playing as well as any in the state.

That was obvious in Coppell's loss to Euless Trinity in the Class 5A Division I playoffs. Playing against one of the better defenses in the state, Coppell scored on every possession and led the entire game before Trinity scored as time expired to end Coppell's season.

Class 4A: Mesquite Poteet's Randy Jackson

It's hard to imagine a coach having a bigger impact on a program than Jackson had on Mesquite Poteet.

Poteet went 1-19 in the two years prior to Jackson's arrival from Class 2A Lone Oak. Despite the opportunity to make the jump from to a 4A program, many of Jackson's friends advised him not to take the job.

For Poteet, it's good he didn't listen. Jackson instantly transformed the toxic atmosphere within the program and got his players believing they could achieve anything.

And the Pirates almost achieved everything. They clinched a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive District 15-4A, beat tradition-rich Highland Park in the playoffs at Cowboys Stadium and nearly knocked off eventual Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo in the state semifinals.