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Texas High School Football HOF Honors Gary Joseph

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Katy head coach Gary Joseph. (Photo by Frank De Leon.)

Gary Joseph makes winning look easy. In 12 seasons as head coach at Katy, he has accumulated 168 wins with only 14 losses. The Tigers have captured four state titles under his direction and gone undefeated three times. This incredible record has landed Joseph a spot in the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

“A lot of the success comes from the blue-collar nature of the kids,” he told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “When I first got to Katy, we weren’t very good. But the kids stayed the course and had a trust and belief in what we were doing.”

By the time Joseph reached junior high, he knew his future would be on the sidelines. His father, Eddie Joseph, spent 13 seasons as head coach at Wharton, posting an 89-41-4 record, and moved on to become the executive vice president of the Texas High School Coaches Association for many years.


“I saw that it was a great profession, what it meant to my dad,” he commented to the Trib. “And I just knew I wanted to be able to impact kids in that way. It means a lot in our family, and I think it’s an honorable profession.”

Joseph played defensive back for his father at Wharton and after graduating from San Houston State embarked upon his coaching career. He started at Luling and relocated to Brazosport and Austin Westlake before accepting an assistant position under Mike Johnston at Katy in 1982.

Numerous offers came his way during his 22-year stint as a Tiger assistant, but Joseph chose to remain. Katy ISD rewarded his patience in 2004, naming head coach of the Tigers.

Despite his unprecedented success, Joseph never treats winning as ordinary. His father impressed him with that truth when the Tigers make their first state title appearance when his son still served as Katy’s defensive coordinator.

“He told me, ‘Enjoy every minute of it because you may never get back there,’” he replied to the Trib. “We’ve been in 13 of them, but I never take it for granted. There are coaches who coach 30 years who never play in one.”

Numerous accolades have accompanied Joseph’s on-field success. He received the National Coach of the Year award in 2012 and the Houston Touchdown Club Coach of the Year award in 2005 and 2013. The Texas Sportswriters Association named him Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2012, and the Katy Chamber of Commerce selected him as Citizen of the Year in 2007.

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