COAHOMA - The CISD board of trustees approved the hire of Chris Joslin as the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach today.
For the past two years, Joslin has been the offensive assistant football coach for the Rockdale High School Tigers. Last year, the Tigers went 13-3 for the season and clinched the 3A Division I state championship against the Brock Eagles at AT&T Stadium. In 2016, Rockdale advanced to regionals with an 11-2 record.
“We really loved our time here in West Texas,” Joslin said following his hire this morning. “When the position came open, it was really one of the only ones we looked at. We are really happy where we were at, but we love West Texas and jumped at the chance to come back here.”
Joslin added he is ready to step into his new position immediately.
“With it’s being so late, we’ve got to get busy right now meeting the coaches, trying to meet the kids as they come up and work out and getting everything in line before August gets here. It’s going to be a fast summer,” he said.
The move for Joslin means a return to West Texas and Howard County. For 10 years, Joslin was employed by Big Spring ISD as an assistant under the leadership of AD/Head Football Coach Phillip Ritchey.
For the majority of his time on the Steer coaching staff (2006-2007 to 2015-2016), Joslin was the offensive coordinator, backs/receivers coach. He was also the head coach of the junior varsity football team and, for a brief time, served as the interim AD after Ritchey retired. The Steers made six playoff appearances during Joslin’s time on the coaching staff.
Joslin also has a strong record of producing winning golf teams during his career. At Rockdale both his girls and boys golf team won back-to-back district and regional championships. In 2016-2017, the girls team placed third at state. During his time at Big Spring, Joslin took a number of golf teams to regional and state contests.
“We are very excited to welcome Coach Joslin and his family to Coahoma ISD,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs. “His success as a coach, a leader and a mentor for students will be an asset for our district, and we are honored to have him leading the Bulldogs and Bulldogettes.”
Joslin graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1993, earned his bachelor's in physical education from Tarleton State in 2002 and received his teacher’s certification from Weatherford College in 2004.
He was hired by Jacksboro High School from 2002-2003 through 2005-2006 where he coached football, golf, basketball, and track. During his tenure on the Jacksboro Tigers coaching staff, Joslin served as the offensive coordinator, wide receiver and secondary coach. The Tigers won two district championships and one district co-championship during this time. He also taught government, economics, health, PE, and several history courses.
Joslin will moved to Coahoma with his wife, Kristen, who was Director of Curriculum and Testing at Big Spring ISD before the family moved to Rockdale two years ago, and their two young children, Zoie and Austin. The couple’s oldest daughter, Trinady, will be attending college in the fall.
Joslin will take over leadership of the Bulldogs football team which went 7-4 last season ending with a bi-district appearance.