Westlake names Tony Salazar new head football coach

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Westlake defensive coordinator Tony Salazar will be the school’s next head football coach.

Dr. Tom Leonard made the announcement at an Eanes Independent School District board study session Tuesday morning after recognizing the team for winning its third consecutive state championship in December.

Leonard made the official public announcement Tuesday from Westlake High School’s recital hall.

“I’ve been ready for this opportunity. I’ve been prepared for this opportunity,” Salazar said Tuesday. “… This program is at the highest it’s ever been and I look forward to keeping it at that level.”

Legendary head coach Todd Dodge announced that he would retire at the end of the 2021 season before it began, and for his final year at the helm, all he did was lead the Chaparrals to a perfect 16-0 season and Class 6A Division II state title. Dodge was named the national coach of the year for his efforts.

“There is absolutely no one better to be the next head football coach than Tony,” Dodge said Tuesday. “He is ready. He is — if not the most intelligent — one of the most intelligent football coaches that I’ve ever been around… He is a great teacher of the game of football.”

Five Westlake players signed national letters of intent to play at the NCAA Division I level, including quarterback Cade Klubnik, the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year.

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