Veteran coach hired to take over local high school program
Veteran coach Todd Wright, who led Waltrip High School in Houston to its first ever undefeated regular season in 2017, has been named to succeed Trent Gregory as head football coach and athletic coordinator at Killeen Ellison High School the Killeen ISD announced Friday morning.
Gregory announced his retirement in January.
“We are excited to have Coach Wright joining Killeen ISD and Ellison High School,” Superintendent John Craft said.
“Coach Wright has done an incredible job in Houston and throughout his coaching career, and we are thrilled that he will be an Ellison Eagle.”
Wright was named District 24-5A Coach of the Year in 2017 after leading Waltrip to its first outright district title in 27 years.
He led Waltrip to four consecutive state playoff appearances and 14 straight district wins.
Wright, who was a kicker at the University of Arkansas and an All-American in 1989, has also worked as a graduate assistant defensive coach at Utah state, a graduate assistant at Rice University, defensive coordinator at William Patterson University in New Jersey and as assistant coach and assistant recruiting coordinator from 1995-1997 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Before taking over at Waltrip, he was defensive and special teams coordinator at College Park High School in The Woodlands.
He also coached the defense at New Caney High School and at Klein Oak High School in Spring.