Tyler Lee hires state-championship winning coach to lead football team

Friday Football Fever

UPDATE (2:20 P.M.) – Tyler ISD has officially named Joe Willis as the new head football coach of Tyler ISD at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees.

“I am excited to have Joe Willis as the new head football coach at Robert E. Lee. During our search, we were looking for a proven winner, someone with energy, and someone with a vision for building a program at all levels. Coach Willis checked all of those boxes and we look forward to him leading the Red Raider program.”

Greg Priest, Tyler ISD Athletic Director

Coach Willis comes to Tyler ISD from Colleyville Heritage, where he was the head football coach and boys athletic coordinator. Coach Willis has 28 years of experience and 11 years of experience as a head coach. Coach Willis has a 99-42 head coaching record with a 2012 State Championship and a State runner-up finish in 2014. While at Colleyville Heritage, Coach Willis had a 40-22 record and has taken them to the state quarterfinals twice, once in 2016 and again in 2019.

Coach Willis comes to the Rose City along with his wife, Amber, and children, Bradley, Daniel, and Malia. 

“My family and I are excited to join Tyler ISD and Tyler Lee as their Head Football Coach and Campus Coordinator. I am looking forward to being a part of a new and exciting vision that is centered on serving and preparing our young people for the many challenges of today’s competitive world. I believe in the standard of providing an unmatched educational experience for the young people at Lee, and I can’t wait to attack that mission by collaborating with faculty and staff to create a culture of competitive excellence and championship behaviors both on and off the field.”

Joe Willis

Watch the videos to see KETK’s Garrett Sanders’ story.

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Tyler Lee has settled on a new football coach, a source tells KETK News.

Tyler ISD will announce Colleyville Heritage ISD head coach Joe Willis at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees later on Thursday.

Willis won a state championship back in 2012 and made it to the state quarterfinals last season. Tyler Lee went 6-5 in 2019 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. It was their first playoff appearance in five years.

Willis leaves Colleyville with a 40-22 overall record and is a graduate of ETBU in Marshall. He replaces Kurt Traylor who left to take a job with his brother Jeff at UTSA.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Right Now

Don't Miss

KETK Twitter & Facebook

Community Calendar