Report: Tyler Lee Hires Southlake Carroll Offensive Coordinator Clayton George As New Football Coach
Tyler Lee's days as an offensive juggernaut don't appear to be numbered.
The Tyler Independent School District hired Southlake Carroll offensive coordinator Clayton George as its next head coach Monday. The news was first reported by The Tyler Morning Telegraph's Lee beat reporter Chris Parry.
George, who replaces former head coach Darrell Piske, is expected to join the Red Raiders football team after a five-year stint with one of the state's best programs year in and year out. He also has college experience, serving as a North Texas assistant coach under Todd Dodge between 2007 and 2010.
Southlake Carroll wrapped up its 2015 season with a 9-3 record and an area round appearance in the Class 6A Division II playoff bracket.
The Lee job won't be George's first as a head coach. He served as Dallas Hillcrest's program head from 2004 through 2006 and then worked as Haltom City's leader for the 2006 season prior to moving to college ball.
George helped guide Hillcrest to back-to-back playoff appearances during his two years in Dallas. That program had missed the playoffs the preceeding 10 seasons.
Before his higher-ranking high school jobs and term at North Texas, George served under Dodge at Southlake Carroll between 2000 and 2003.
George coached several standout quarterbacks at Southlake Carroll. Among the notable signal callers that worked under him were Chase Daniel, Greg McElroy, Riley Dodge and Kenny Hill.
Daniel is currently a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
McElroy won a national championship at Alabama, played for the New York Jets and is now a football media personality.
Riley Dodge played for his father and George at North Texas and is now a college football coach.
Hill briefly started for Texas A&M last season. He'll be on TCU's active roster for the 2016 season after transferring.
Lee has a good quarterback of its own coming up behind Preseason ETSN.fm Super Team signal caller Zach Hall. It's current sophomore Chance Amie.
Hall missed three and a half games with a knee injury. Amie put up similar numbers on the ground and through the air in his relief starts.
Amie guided the team to a 1-2 record and the offense never scored less than 48 points in any of its 10 games.
Defense was another matter. Lee averaged 49.1 points against per game, which held the team down to a 5-5 record and three-way tie for third place within District 11-6A.
The Red Raiders missed the postseason on a tiebreaker and the district announced the reassignment of Piske four days later.
Lee, which was East Texas' single Class 6A team this season, is expected to get more company from the region in the University Interscholastic League's realignment process. John Tyler and Longview have a history of playing in the same district as Lee and both of those schools are expected to be bumped up from Class 5A to Class 6A.
The UIL's football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons will be announced on Feb. 1.