American Football Monthly announced their college and high school coaches of the Year for 2012. Topping the list is Katy High School’s Gary Joseph, having been named the high school football National Coach of the Year. A total of six high school Coaches of the Year were selected this year – the coveted National Coach of the Year and five regional winners.
Joseph has served the Katy High School football program for 31 years, becoming head coach in 2004. During his time, the Katy Tigers have won three 5A state championships and advanced to the state finals on three additional occasions. Joseph’s coaching record stands at 120-11.
Among Coach Joseph’s awards include being named District 18/19 5A Coach of the Year eight times; the Houston Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year in 2005; and the Houston Texans’ 5A Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, Joseph was named by the Texas Sports Writers Association as Coach of the Year and was also honored by the Katy Chamber of Commerce being named Katy’s Citizen of the Year. Joseph received the Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2008 for the southwest region of the United States, and was named one of Houston’s Top 100 Professionals in 2010. Additionally, he was voted into the 2012 Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Ronnie Bell Hall of Honor and just received the 2013 Semper Fi Coaching Award – Houston Area.
For the Joseph family, football is a true tradition. Coach Joseph’s father, Eddie Joseph, led a successful coaching career at Wharton High School and later became executive vice president of Texas High School Coaches Association. Coach Joseph and his wife of 34 years, Sheila, have three children, all of whom have also followed in their father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Their son, Jeff, is on staff with the Texas A&M football program; their son, Jon, is completing a degree in education at Texas A&M University; and their daughter, Julie, is an assistant athletic coordinator at Cardiff Jr. High in Katy.
The Katy High School football program is led by Gary Joseph, Head Coach/Athletic Coordinator; Tim Ripperger, Assistant Head Coach; B.J. Gotte, Offensive Coordinator; Matt McDaniel, Defensive Coordinator; as well as Thomas Brooks, Bryan Hill, Tom McPherson, Eric Mikolajchak, Clayton Odom, Robert Ortiz, Marcus Prier, John Rowland, Richard Slater and Micky Thompson.