Arlington High School defensive pass game coordinator Joe Gordon was named as the third head coach at Juan Seguin High School Thursday afternoon.
Gordon replaces Carlos Lynn, who accepted the head coaching job at Cedar Hill in January.
A graduate of Arlington High School, Gordon earned a scholarship to Kansas State University, despite the fact he only played one season for the Colts. After playing four years for the Wildcats, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology in 1996.
“Joe has an unbelievable amount of energy,” Arlington ISD Athletic Director Kevin Ozee said. “He is a real kid magnet. He has a really neat story.”
According to Ozee, Gordon had originally planned to go into the military, and had transferred from Sam Houston to Arlington High before his senior season to enroll in ROTC. A coach at Arlington High talked him into trying out for the football team, where he earned his scholarship.
After a year in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams and a year in NFL Europe, Gordon coached at Garden City Community College in Kansas, Bethany College in Kansas, Kansas State and Mississippi College. He spent the past two years on the Arlington High staff.
“My experience has taught me the importance of building a program by creating a culture of toughness, togetherness and organizing a plan for success,” Gordon said. “Connecting current players with former players and embracing past tradition is critical to generating energy and excitement for all within our community.
“I am excited to continue my coaching career in the Arlington ISD by leading the Seguin Cougars.”