Bill Poe will lead the Northwest Texans this fall.
The Northwest school board Monday night approved the recommendation of Executive Athletic Director Susan Elza to hire Poe as the Texans’ head coach and campus coordinator.
Poe previously served as the offensive coordinator at Marble Falls, working for Todd Dodge.
“It’s an outstanding district that is committed to excellence throughout the district and in athletics,” Poe said about Northwest. “It’ll be a great fit for me and my family. I’m obviously excited for the opportunity.”
It will be Poe’s second head coaching job. He previously had a two-year stint on the sidelines at Longview Spring Hill, going 6-14.
His father, Ron, was the longtime head coach at McKinney and guided the Lions to a state title. The football stadium in McKinney is named for the elder Poe. His brother Matt is the head coach at Pottsboro.
Bill Poe takes over a Texan program that has made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and is coming off a pair of 8-3 seasons under Bill Patterson. Patterson last month accepted the head coaching job at Sherman.
“There is a great foundation there,” Poe said. “They’ve been in the playoffs three of four years and unfortunately got stopped in the first round. The challenge is to build on that foundation and take it to the next level.”
Poe planned to arrive Tuesday at Northwest to meet with the staff and players.
“I’ll be starting full-time [Tuesday] morning. I’ll have a staff meeting and meet with the players,” Poe said. “We’ll hit the ground running.”
Poe said the program has pushed the start of spring football back a few weeks until May 5.