TLCA hires Willis to lead football and basketball programs


Midland TLCA has found a head coach to lead its football program as it transitions from six players to 11 players this fall.

TLCA high school and college principal Lavius ​​Taylor said Tuesday that Trinity baseball coach David Willis has been hired as head football coach and head basketball coach. male at TLCA.

Willis’ hiring was first reported by Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

Willis takes over an Eagle football program that went 5-15 combined in six-man play in its first two seasons in 2020 and 2021.

TLCA, which had 110 registrations last fall, is making the leap to 11-a-side football after being placed in Class 2A Division II during UIL’s realignment last February.

The Eagles will play in Division II of District 5-2A with Eldorado, McCamey, Sterling City, Water Valley, Wink and Iran during the 2022 football season.

“He aspired to be a head coach,” Taylor said of Willis. “We just felt after our interview that he would be the right person for the job.”

Taylor said former head football coach Sam Singleton, who coached TLCA to a 2-8 record last year, resigned in order to spend more time pursuing his mastery.

Willis had been the Chargers’ head baseball coach since 2019, leading Trinity to a 7-11 record last season on an independent schedule.

Willis also served as an assistant coach to former head coach Antwan Alexander and current head coach Gregory Koch in the Charger football program.

Willis, a graduate of McMurry University and Abilene High School, played college baseball at Ranger College and Hardin-Simmons University.

Willis coached and taught at Abilene Cooper before joining Trinity.

“We liked that he had the experience,” Taylor said. “He wanted the job. He wanted to see if he could build the program to level 2A. We just felt like he was the right person. Also, I know him and worked with him because we played Trinity baseball. Over the past two years, I’ve gotten to know him. He expressed some interest in wanting to come and join our staff. I think he will do a great job.

Taylor, who served as TLCA’s athletic director, no longer oversees school athletics after being promoted to high school principal. Taylor said TLCA is looking to hire an athletic director.

Willis could not be reached for comment.

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