Football: Prescott to retire from Northwest

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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When Gary Prescott arrived as an assistant coach at Northwest in 1987, 85 to 90 football players made up the rosters for the Texans’ freshman, junior varsity, varsity and 4A football teams.

Thirty years later, the district has hundreds of players at the two 5A – Northwest and Eaton – and one 6A – Byron Nelson – schools.

“One of the more exciting things for me has been watching Northwest grow from where we were in 1987 to now, in facilities and population,” Prescott said.

But the longtime coach and athletics administrator pointed out that there’s been one constant in the past three decades.

“Northwest has always had great people,” Prescott said. “Those people that started this district had a superior vision for what it has become.

“I can’t tell you how much I love this district, the kids and the parents of this district.”

Prescott, who has spent 28 of his 39 years in education in the district, will retire at the end of the school year. Prescott has served as the Director of Athletics for the district for several years and was also the Texans head football coach for five years. He also spent the 1997 and ’98 seasons as the head football coach in his native Decatur. He also had stops in Victoria and Lampasas.

“I enjoyed my time dealing with athletes and having the opportunity to teach them life skills,” Prescott said of his long career. “As an administrator, I’ve enjoyed working with coaches. It’s been special to me watching the coaches grow and become successful.

“I’m glad I chose education as a profession. It’s been good to me and my family. I’ve been blessed.”

He also gave credit to his wife Patti for her support.

“My wife has been the rock of the family,” he said.

The Prescotts plan to continue living in Decatur.

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