BREAKING: CCCCSD School Board hires Ozona graduate as new Athletic Director, Head Football Coach

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Jarryd Taylor is returning to his football roots.

At the Wednesday, March 25, meeting, the Crockett County Consolidated Common School District School Board approved hiring Taylor as the district’s new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

“On behalf of the CCCCSD Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Jarryd Taylor will lead the Ozona Lion and Lady Lion Athletic Program. We are excited to welcome Coach Taylor and his family to Ozona,” said Superintendent Raul Chavarria.

Taylor, a 2004 graduate of Ozona High School, has been the varsity linebackers coach at Midland High School since August 2017. Prior to that, he coached under his dad, Steve Taylor, at Denver City ISD for six years. Steve Taylor was Athletic Director and Head Football Coach in Ozona from 1999–2004.

This will be Jarryd Taylor’s first job as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

“We are way excited about it. It’s been a dream of mine since I started coaching,” Taylor said.

At Denver City, Taylor was the defensive coordinator and helped lead a 2013 undefeated team, which was a first for Denver City in 16 years. It was also the Mustangs first district championship in 16 years, first playoff win in 12 years.

Also during his time at Denver City, he helped the Mustangs advance to the playoffs six years in a row and win a bi-district championship three years in a row.

He helped lead Denver City to three consecutive top five finishes in overall defense in all UIL classifications in the South Plains.

Prior to Denver City, Taylor spent a year as an assistant coach in Brownfield and a year coaching at Coahoma.

“We just want to create a winning culture across the board for both boys and girls athletics. As coaches and educators, we need to impact the students in a positive way and teach them to be great citizens. That is the main goal,” Taylor said. “I’m looking forward to eventually meeting all the kids and getting to know them and their families.”

Taylor was an All-District MVP, All-West Texas and All-State football player selection during his years at OHS. After graduating, Taylor attended Southern Methodist University for a year where he redshirted in football. He then transferred to Hardin-Simmons University and played three years for the Cowboys He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance.  

Taylor, 34, and his wife, Laura, have two sons Jace, 3, and Jones, 9 months. Taylor is expected to start mid-April.  

Taylor replaces Kyle Freeman, who resigned in February. Freeman had been with the district since 2016.

Ozona was 8-4 last season and won their first playoff game in eight years.

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