Texas Excessive Faculty Soccer: Austin Westlake’s Todd Dodge is retiring on the finish of the 2021 season
Todd Dodge has done everything when it comes to coaching high school football in Texas. He was named MaxPreps Coach of the Year last season after leading Westlake (Austin) to a 14-0 record and the 6A Division 1 State Championship. The Chaparrals ended the year in third place in the MaxPreps Top 25.
In 2019, the Chaps went 15-1, winning the 6A Division 2 state title. It was the school’s first state championship since Drew Brees led it to a 5A Division 2 title in 1996.
Dodge is entering his eighth season as head coach at Westlake. Loaded with talents like the Clemson-bound quarterback Cade Klubnik and the four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse, the program checked into place 4 in the MaxPreps Top 25 of the preseason.
Since taking over for Westlake, Dodge has taken the program to an 88:11 record and will lead a winning streak of 24 games into the 2021 season. He is entering his 23rd season as head coach overall with stints at CH Yoe (Cameron), Newman Smith (Carrollton) and Fossil Ridge (Keller) before joining Southlake Carroll (Southlake) in 2000.
During his seven years as head coach of the Dragons, he led them to a 98-11 record. From 2002-06 they set a record of 79-1 and won four state titles in five years.
After his successful run at Southlake Carroll, he accepted a position as head coach at the University of North Texas, where he went 6-37 from 2007-10. He spent a year at the University of Pittsburgh as a quarterbacks coach in 2011 before returning to high school.
He spent two years as the head coach at Marble Falls before taking over from Westlake in 2014.
Dodge is trying to do something that hasn’t been done since Kyler Murray led Allen to three consecutive state titles from 2012 to 2014, that is, to win three UIL championships in a row in the largest classification.
Westlake opens the 2021 season against Temple on August 27th and has also scheduled notable games against No. 71 Trinity (Euless) on September 3rd and closes the regular season with No. 41 Lake Travis (Austin).
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Todd Dodge patrols the sidelines during Westlake’s 2019 State Championship win over Denton Guyer.