In an email to his coaching staff on Wednesday, Athletic Director Steve Taylor announced his retirement from Denver City Independent School District effective at the end of the current school year.
He noted that his son Jarryd moving to Midland with their new born baby probably played a part in his decision.
“I’m gonna blame it on Jarryd running off to Midland with Jace,” Taylor said with a grin. “Although we may be going down there to help with the babysitting we are not moving to Midland. Denver City is our home and when we aren’t in Midland we will be in Denver City attending church and Denver City games when we are here.”
Taylor is completing 39 years as a coach, 22 of those years as a head coach. His overall record was 165-79-1 that included making the playoffs 17 times.
His accolades included being name District Coach of the Year ten times, Area Coach of the Year three times, Texas High School Coaches Association Tom Landry Award Nominee four times, and National Football Foundation Coach of the Year in 2016.
“I’ve said a million times and believe it: A head coach is only as good as his assistants and players and I’ve had great assistants and great players,” Taylor noted when reflecting back on his many accomplishments. “The credit has to go to them, and most of all has to go to God. He’s blessed me and my family so much. To Him be the glory.”
His coaching stints included two years as a graduate assistant at Angelo State University and 37 years in the public schools. After getting his first start in Muleshoe Taylor moved to Denver City when Coach Mike Wartes was named Athletic Director and Head Football coach in 1981. He spent the next 18 years in Denver City before moving to Ozona in the spring of 1999. There he inherited a team that had missed the playoffs for several years and guided them to post season play each of the six years he was there. In Greenwood, where he spent the next five years, he was equally successful making the playoffs each year before being lured away for his one year in Brownfield.
“It was great to be a Mustang both times (the 1st time for 18 years: the 2nd time for 6 years),” Taylor continued. “I’m glad I got to come home to finish up my career. Denver City has always been and always will be home to us. We love the people and especially the kids of Denver City. Of course, some of the kids are over 50 years old now, but they were our kids at one time.”
When addressing his staff in his email Taylor told them, “I don’t have the words to tell you how much you’ve meant to me and how great it has been to be a Mustang again. AND you know me, if I had the words I couldn’t get them out thru all the tears. I appreciate how hard you all work and how much you love the kids and are dedicated to them and DCISD. YOU HAVE MADE MY JOB SO MUCH EASIER. Thanks again and Good Luck for years to come.”
Superintendent Gary Davis has indicated the search for Taylor’s replacement will start immediately. He did not have a time frame on when the position would be filled, but was hoping it could be filled in the very near future.