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Killeen Independent School District has named a new head football coach and athletic coordinator at Ellison High School, according to a press release.

Todd Wright, who led Houston’s Waltrip High School to its first undefeated regular season in school history in 2017, replaces Trent Gregory, who announced in January his retirement as head football coach and athletics coordinator at Ellison.

"We are excited to have Coach Wright joining Killeen ISD and Ellison High School," said Superintendent John Craft in a press release. "Coach Wright has done an incredible job in Houston and throughout his coaching career, and we are thrilled that he will be an Ellison Eagle."

Wright was District 24-5A Coach of the Year in 2017 after leading Waltrip’s first ever undefeated regular season and first outright district title in 27 years. He led Waltrip to four consecutive state playoff appearances and 14 straight district wins.

Coach Wright also started a community team reading program and launched the Waltrip Ram Football Booster Club, according to the release. He also led program growth in all female sports over four years at Waltrip.

Previously, Wright was a defensive and special teams coordinator for The Woodlands College Park High School, where he led the number one rated defense in the state in 2012. He also previously coached the defense at New Caney High School, and at Klein Oak High in Spring.

Wright has college coaching experience as well. He was a graduate assistant coach at Rice University, defensive coordinator at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and from 1995-97 he was assistant coach and assistant recruiting coordinator for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Wright started his coaching career as a graduate assistant defensive coach at Utah State in 1993.

Coach Wright was accomplished football player at the University of Arkansas. He is ranked in the all-time top 20 college football kickers in accuracy, and among the top kickers in field goals made. He was an All American at Arkansas in 1989.

Wright also developed the Kick “Wright” Trainer, a training tool to help develop kickers and punters, according to the release.

mpayne@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

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