An offensive coordinator and four other assistant coaches have been added to the football staff at Stephenville High School.
The Stephenville ISD Board of Trustees has approved Head Football Coach/Athletics Director Joseph Gillespie’s recommendations of Greg Winder as offensive coordinator, Cliff Watkins as receivers coach, Jeffrey Thompson as inside linebackers coach, Mike Copeland as cornerbacks coach and Curtis Lowery as offensive line coach.
Winder becomes Gillespie’s first coordinator hiring since being officially promoted to head coach in February. The new OC comes from McKinney, where he guided the offense to 19.1 points per game last season.
Winder is joined on the offensive side by Watkins, who was the offensive coordinator for Class 2A semifinalist Cisco in 2007. Stephenville fans may remember Watkins as the Harlon Hill Trophy finalist and record-setting quarterback at Tarleton State University. He later served as a student-assistant on the Tarleton coaching staff.
The hiring of Lowery was released last week. He played on the vaunted Stephenville offensive lines during the Jackets’ first two state title runs in 1993 and 1994, before graduating in 1995. He also played at Texas Tech, and has served as the line coach at 3A power Kennedale.
On the defensive side, the return of Mike Copeland was released last week, as well. He returns to the staff after spending six years in partial retirement. Copeland served Stephenville ISD for 34 years as a teacher and coach before retiring in 2002 after three seasons as head football coach and director of athletics.
Another familiar face was added to the defense with the hiring of Thompson, who like Lowery, is a 1995 SHS grad, and played on a pair of title teams. Thompson is currently coaching at Van Alstyne.
Gillespie inherited a staff that was depleted, especially on the offensive side, by coaches who are joining former Stephenville Head Coach Chad Morris at Lake Travis.
Much of the defensive staff, with the exception of coordinator Hank Carter, is still in Stephenville.
Gillespie did not immediately release dates when the newly hired assistants would become available to begin their duties at SHS.