Texas High School Coaches Association executive director D. W. Rutledge, has announced his retirement, effective at the end of 2018.
The legendary Converse Judson High School football coach led the Rockets to four state championships. His first title, for the 1988 team, wasn't awarded until 1991 because that Class 5A championship was stripped by the UIL from Dallas Carter for a grading scandal that kept players eligible.
Rutledge joined the THSCA in 2001 and took over as Executive Director in 2004.
During his tenure, THSCA has added programs such the Professional Development Initiative, Texas Coaches Leadership Summit, The Head Coaching Academy, and Starting the Conversation. The THSCA annual convention is attended by in excess of 11,000 coaches every July.
THSCA has nearly 22,000 members, making it the largest coaches association of its kind in the world, according to the organization's website.
Assistant executive director Joe Martin, who won a football title at Garland in 1999, will take over for Rutledge.