Remember when Sam Harrell was the first $100,000 man? How about Art Briles?
Most of today’s coaches easily make six figures and it’s only going to continue to trend up from there.
Take a look at the Top 10 paid high school football coaches in the state and how they’re doing this season.
1. Hank Carter, Austin Lake Travis: $158,512
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The Cavaliers are 12-1 and ranked No. 10 in the state. They’ll play Converse Judson in the state quarterfinals. Lake Travis, which is 45-6 the past four seasons, is trying to reach the state title game for a fourth consecutive year.
2. Todd Dodge, Austin Westlake: $150,000
Dodge, who won four state titles at Southlake Carroll, is 58-11 in five seasons including 12-1 this year for the No. 8 Chaparrals.
3. Robert Padilla, El Paso Bowie: $144,043
The Bears finished 3-7 and 1-5 in district; missed the playoffs for the second-straight season and had their fewest wins since 2011.
4. Gary Joseph, Katy: $138,588
In 15 years under Joseph, the Tigers have gone 201-20 (.909 winning percentage). This includes eight trips to the state final and four state titles. Katy has gone 16-0 three times. Katy went 11-2 this season with its two losses both by No. 2 North Shore in the season opener and regional round.
5. John Snelson, Dickinson: $138,184
The Gators (10-2) got bounced out of the 6A area round by No. 2 North Shore. After going 7-13-1 his first two years, Dickinson has gone 53-10 the past five seasons.
6. Randy Allen, Highland Park: $133,875
Allen is in his 45th season coaching, 38 with the Scots, who are looking for a third-straight state title and fourth overall under the legendary play-caller. Allen has won 238 games with HP, which is also riding a 28-game winning streak.
7. Jeff Riordan, Crosby: $133,750
The Cougars (7-3) had their fewest wins since 2011 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
8. John King, Longview: $133,675
Since taking over for the Lobos in 2004, King has a 166-32 record including 13-0 this season. Longview is ranked No. 4 in 6A.
9. Donald Clayton, Katy Cinco Ranch: $133,588
The Cougars (3-7) missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and had their fewest wins since 2001. They averaged nearly 10 wins over the past decade.
10. Todd McVey, Katy Tompkins: $131,247
Lost to Beaumont West Brook in the regional round to finish 10-3, but a bounce back year after going 0-9 in McVey’s first season with the Falcons.