AUSTIN (KXAN) — Westlake football coach Todd Dodge will retire at the end of the 2021 Texas high school football season, the coach announced Thursday morning in a press conference at the school.
The legendary coach in Texas football will try to finish out his head coaching career with a third straight state championship with Westlake. The Chaparrals won the 6A-D1 championship last season and the 6A-D2 trophy in 2019, ending a 23-year drought since the program’s first title in 1996.
Dodge is a six-time state champion, winning back-to-back 6A titles at Westlake. Dodge won four 5A state championships at Southlake Carroll in the 2000s.
“There comes a season of life where it’s time to go to that next journey. I feel great. I told our players earlier that I’m about as motivated as I’ve ever been in 36 years of coaching for a group of men, coaches and players, to jump into this beautiful grind called Texas high school football,” Dodge said.
What a 36-year coaching career it’s been for Dodge.
Dodge has a 218-71 overall record as a head football coach. With 88 wins at Westlake, he needs 10 wins in 2021 to tie his win total from Southlake Carroll. Based off the high expectations around the Chaparrals program, Dodge will certainly expect to eclipse that mark.
Dodge said he told the players of his intention to retire Thursday morning.
“I’ve got a bit of a heavy heart. I told them ‘guys, once I tell you — there’s no going back,'” Dodge said
Westlake opens the 2021 season at Temple on Aug. 27.