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2018 Coaches

Byron Bode

Head Coach - 19th Season

Coach Bode is entering his third season at the helm of the Ranger Football program. A standout athlete himself, Coach Bode has served in various coaching roles at highly competitive schools in districts across North Texas. He joined EMS ISD’s coaching staff from Northwest ISD where he served as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Byron Nelson High School for seven years. Bode’s coaching career began in 1999 as a middle school coach in Plano ISD. In 2001, he was hired at Allen High School as a freshman coach along with coaching the varsity kickers. The following year, he was moved to the high school full time where he coached the receivers and was part of a program that won 14 playoff games and four district championships, as well as a state semi-final appearance in 2003. Coach Bode left Allen in 2006 to take his first offensive coordinator role at Van Alstyne High School, a program that was making a jump in classifications to the 3A level. While at Van Alstyne, the program qualified for the post-season in 2008, the school’s first playoff appearance and seven-win season in class 3A. In 2009, Coach Bode had the unique opportunity of being an integral part of starting a program from scratch when Byron Nelson opened. During his seven years as the Offensive Coordinator, the Bobcats qualified for the playoffs three times and in their second varsity season, in 2011, Byron Nelson won the first playoff game in the history of Northwest ISD.

Coach Bode is an alumnus of San Angelo Central High School where he was a two-sport letterman in football and baseball for three years. As an athlete in high school, he was a member of the football team that made it to the semi-finals in 1991 and the quarterfinals in 1992, as well as being named to the Associated Press First Team All-State as a punter in 1993. Due to his success in high school, he was awarded a scholarship to play football and baseball at Ranger Jr. College.

At Ranger, Coach Bode’s kicking career began to take off and he was selected as an All-Conference punter two years in a row, voted as team MVP, and named as an All-American in 1995. He transferred to Angelo State University in the spring of 1996, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, on a scholarship to kick for the Rams. Coach Bode continued to excel on the football field while at Angelo State and was named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference Team in 1996 and 1997 and the All-West Region Team in 1997. The football team made it to quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championships and he capped his senior year off by being selected to play in the National All-Star game.

Byron and his wife, Allison, have two daughters: Blake and Parker. Both girls are involved in sports and dance. In their spare time, the Bode’s enjoy spending time in the outdoors in northern Arkansas and in the Texas Hill Country.

Brian Miller

Offensive Coordinator - 20th Season

Coach Miller is in his second year at Chisholm Trail High School coaching the quarterbacks and assisting in track and powerlifting. Coach Miller graduated from Northwest High School in 1994 where he competed in football, baseball, and track and field. After graduation Coach Miller attended Howard Payne University and was a 2-year letterman in football as part of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA) Co-Champion Yellow Jackets. Coach Miller graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and was a 2-year member of the Lumberjack football team.

Before joining the Rangers, Coach Miller spent four years as the wide receivers coach at Byron Nelson High School. Prior to Byron Nelson, Coach Miller was the offensive coordinator at Bastrop High School from 2008 to 2012. During that span, the Bears were the 2009 25-5A District Champions and 2010 4A Division II Quarterfinalists. Coach Miller began his coaching career in Plano, Texas at R.C. Clark High School and Plano East Senior High School.

Coach Miller and his wife Amy have been married for 17 years. They have four beautiful children: Austin (13), Ryan (11), Abigail (11), and Collin (11).

Barrin Simpson

Defensive Coordinator - 5th Season

Barrin Simpson has been coaching for 5yrs and this is his first year at Chisholm Trail where he is the Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach and Track Hurdle Coach. Coach Simpson is also an AVID teacher. His coaching accomplishments include the 2017-2018, District 3 Class 6A Coaching Staff of the Year at Keller Fossil Ridge HS.

Coach Simpson graduated from Starkville HS in Starkville, MS where he was a 2-time All-State Middle Linebacker and was on the back to back State Championship Teams in 94’ & 95’ at SHS. He earned his BS in Kinesiology and Fitness Management from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Ms. While attending MSU he was a 3-time All-SEC Middle Linebacker, a 1st Team All-American, and a Dick Butkus Award Semi-Finalist for the nation’s top Linebacker.

Coach Simpson was an undrafted Free Agent to the New England Patriots in 2000. He played 11 seasons in the Canadian Football League as a Middle Linebacker where he was a 7-time CFL All-Star, 5-time League Leading Tackler, and a 2-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Barrin is married to Tammie, and they have three children, Atira, Avery, and Bryce.

Jacob Farley

Assistant Coach - Defensive Line - 5th Season

Jacob Farley is in his fifth year as a teacher and coach at Chisholm Trail High School. Jacob graduated from Hebron High School in 2009, lettering in Football and Baseball; Farley earned All-District selections in both. He then attended and graduated from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, which continues to strive as one of the best Teacher Colleges in the nation. While there, he played Defensive End on a football scholarship and received academic honors from the MIAA conference. But, Jacob’s largest achievement was receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education. At Chisholm Trail, he is the Coach of the defensive linemen.

Jacob is happily married to his wife, Jessica. In the couple’s spare time, they enjoy the outdoors with their German Shepherd/Husky, Marvin.

Jared Acton

Assistant Coach - Offensive Line - 6th Season

Coach Acton is entering his 6th season of coaching football while starting his 4th season at Chisholm Trail High School. He coaches the offensive line and is the Head Powerlifting coach. He graduated from Southlake Carroll High School in 2008 and earned his bachelors of Arts degree at the University of North Texas in 2012. While at the University of North Texas Coach Acton was a member of the football team from 2008 to 2010.

Before coming to Chisholm Trail High School, he coached the defensive line Texas Lutheran University 2014-2015.

He is married to Gabrielle.

Ryan Higgins

Assistant Coach - Offensive Line - 5th Season

Coach Higgins is entering his 5th year coaching and 2nd year at Chisholm Trail. He coaches the Varsity Offensive Line with emphasis on the tackles. 

Coach Higgins played offensive line and graduated from Maize High School outside of Wichita, Kansas in 2010, and went to TCU on an Army ROTC Scholarship. While, at TCU, Coach Higgins spent a brief amount of time as a practice squad offensive lineman, and graduated with a degree in History in 2014. He is currently finishing up his Master's degree in Educational Leadership. 

Coach Higgins spent his first two years out of college coaching linebackers and offensive line at Fort Worth Carter-Riverside. While at Carter-Riverside, the Eagles went 5-5, finishing .500 for the first time in 20 years, and averaged over 200 yards rushing. After that, Coach Higgins spent one year at Carrollton Newman Smith, coaching receivers and then offensive line. He briefly spent some time in Washington D.C. as an intern working on education policy and military studies for Congressman Beto O'Rourke, before returning home to Fort Worth to coach at Chisholm Trail.

In his free time, Coach Higgins enjoys lifting weights, going to TCU games, studying history and government, playing any kind of sport, and is also a 1st Lieutenant in the Texas Army National Guard.

CJ Fowler

Assistant Coach - 6th Season

James (CJ) Fowler is in his second season as cornerbacks coach for the Rangers. He also is the sprints and relays coach for both boys and girls track.

Coach Fowler was a Second Team All-American sprinter at the University of North Texas. He also competed one season at Union College where he earned All-American honors and won a conference and national championship and continues to hold school records at Union. He is also the 100m school record holder at Waxahachie High School. Coach Fowler also led the Rangers track team to a 4th place finish at the State Track meet in the 4x400m Relay.

In just one track season, Sprinter University at Chisholm Trail broke 10 schools records and tripled the individual regional qualifiers. Also, the Lady Rangers won the District Championship bolstered by the sprint program. The team finished up with 20 area, 17 regional, and 2 state qualifiers. As the corners coach in football, the Rangers finished with both starting corners receiving All-District Honors.

At the University of North Texas, he received his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology.

Clint Burlison

Assistant Coach - 12th Season

I attended and received my BBA degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. I lived there most of my life. I have been in the DFW Metroplex for 7 years now and have been teaching and coaching for 12 years. I am presently completing my second year here at Chisholm Trail High School. I have had coaching stops at Electra, Wichita Falls, Carrollton Ranchview, and Irving MacArthur High Schools before coming to Chisholm Trail High School. I have coached Receivers, Defensive Backs, and Outside Linebackers throughout my career. I am the Head Freshman Coach and work with the Receivers here at Chisholm Trail. My second sport is baseball at Chisholm Trail. Throughout my career, I have coached football, baseball, and powerlifting.

I am the proud father of two amazing kids. My daughter, Emily Danielle Burlison is 22 and is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Sports Management. My son, Adam Daniel Burlison is 12 and is entering the 7th grade. In my free time, I like spending time with my two kids, fishing, hunting, skiing, and being on the water.


“The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” Bobby Knight

Jason Thomas

Special Teams Coordinator - 11th Season

This is my Second year at Chisholm Trail and my 11th year of Coaching/Teaching. I am the Varsity Special Teams Coordinator and Runningbacks coach. I also coach girl's basketball and teach government. I started my teaching career in Northwest ISD in 2008 after attending Tarleton State University. I spend most of my time outside of the classroom with Athletics, but I also love running distance and playing with my kids. I am married to Lindsey Thomas and have 2 children named Knox (3) and Landry (2). I truly enjoy coaching and teaching young men and women and plan to do this until I retire.

My favorite quote is “Always earned, never given, for this team, I am driven” -unknown

Phillip Anderson

Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers - 7th Season
Coach Anderson is in his first season at Chisholm Trail and his 7th overall. Coach Anderson serves as the Varsity Wide Receivers coach.
Prior to coming to Chisholm Trail, Coach Anderson spent his first year back in Texas at Brewer High school coaching varsity receivers. Before moving back to Texas Coach Anderson spent 2 years teaching and coaching in Lakeland, Florida at Lake Gibson High School. There he successfully coached varsity receivers to a 6A state championship appearance in his second season. He currently has 2 former players playing in the JUCO level.
His college experience includes 1 year as a student assistant at Southern Nazarene University, and 1 year as a Graduate Assistant at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Both stops were coaching receivers.
Coach Anderson was a 3-year letterman in Football at Southern Nazarene University. While there the Crimson Storm were nationally ranked and won the Central States Football League regular season championships and advanced to one NAIA Playoff, finishing 12th in the country. As a junior in high school he helped lead the Richland Rebels to Texas State 7 on 7 Championship, and National 7 on 7 Championship.
Coach Anderson and his wife Julie are the proud employees and coaches for Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD.

Nathan Barker

Assistant Coach - Defensive Line

As an athlete, Coach Barker played baseball throughout his four years at Keller High School. He then went on to major in History at Texas Wesleyan University as well as a pitcher for the Rams. Before coming to Chisholm Trail High School, Coach Barker coached summer select baseball teams for the Arlington A’s Baseball Club. Many of his players went on to play college ball. Since then, he coached baseball, football, and wrestling at Vernon High School. He then coached defensive backs and was the pitching/JV baseball coach at Summit High School. At Chisholm Trail, Coach Barker will be working with the defensive line and is the first assistant for Varsity Baseball.

John Hoelzer

Assistant Coach - Offensive Line - 7th Season

Coach Hoelzer graduated from Mt. Sinai High School where he was a multiple Varsity sports athlete. In college, he played football as an Offensive tackle and special team’s player at Stony Brook Universe and started on the Offensive line at Buffalo State College. He received a BA in History from Buffalo State College. He then went on to Hofstra University where he received an MS Ed. in Physical Education.

Coach Hoelzer’s professional career started at Crowley ISD where he taught for 5 years and Coached 1-year as the freshman O-Line Coach. His next stop took him to Red Oak ISD where he was at the Junior High school for 2 years and Coached 7th-8th grade Football on the Offensive/defensive line and offensive play caller. He also coached 7th-8th grade boys and girls track throwers. The next year coach Hoelzer moved up to Red Oak High School where he was the 9th-grade Offensive line and Offensive play caller. The next two years Coach Hoelzer was a Varsity O-Line Coach and JV Offensive play caller. His second sport was 9th grade, Junior varsity and Varsity boys/girls Track Throwers where he coached for 3 years. In his three years, he had a 2nd and 7th place shot putter in the state, 3rd and 4th place discus thrower in the state, 4 state qualifiers, 7 regional qualifiers (3 regional champs), 8 area qualifiers (4 area champs), and 6 district champs. This will be his first year at Chisholm Trail High School where he will continue to coach Offensive line and Track throwers.

Coach Hoelzer in married to wife Madeline Hoelzer, she is a Senior Operations Project Analysts II at Bank of America. They have been married for 12 years and have two children daughter Jordana (10) and son John (7).

Chris Lee

Assistant Coach - 9th Season

Coach Lee is entering his 9th season in coaching and his 1st season at Chisholm Trail where he will coach safeties and assist with boys basketball. Before joining the staff at Chisholm Trail, he spent four seasons at Byron Nelson High School working with the cornerbacks and wide receivers. Coach Lee also spent 2 years coaching running backs and wide receivers at Ouachita Baptist University. He began his coaching career working with wide receivers at St. Joseph School in Bryan, TX.

Coach Lee grew up in Longview, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University where he received an undergraduate degree in Sports Management. He then moved on to Henderson State University to attain a master’s degree in Sports Administration.

Coach Lee married his wife, Meredith, in 2017.

Chris Santiago

Assistant Coach - 17th Season

Coach Santiago will serve as Head Baseball Coach and freshman football coach at Chisholm Trail High School. He is originally from Killeen, Texas where he graduated from Killeen High School in 1992. During his high school playing career he received several all-tournament selections and was an All-District 2nd baseman. After high school, he attended The University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas. There he played baseball for the Crusaders. Prior to his coaching career Coach Santiago was a Dallas Police Officer from 1998 to 2001. In 2001, he began his coaching career at Everman High School. During that time he received his Masters of Liberal Arts Degree from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 2005, Coach Santiago accepted a position as an assistant baseball coach at then named Pensacola Junior College under Hall of Fame Coach Bill Hamilton. Coach Santiago was responsible for coaching outfielders, hitters, and was the first base coach on game days. During his time at PJC he was fortunate to be able to coach several players that were drafted to play professional baseball and many others went on to play at four-year universities. In 2007, he returned to Everman High School to become the 1st Varsity assistant baseball coach. During his 9 years at Everman those teams qualified for the playoffs 4 times and had players get scholarships to various Texas colleges. In 2012, Coach Santiago accepted the Head Baseball Coaching position at Davis High School in Houston, Texas. In the first year of the program he led them to a record of 12-6. After that year Coach Santiago was offered and accepted an assistant baseball coaching position at Pensacola State College. From 2013 to 2016 Coach Santiago was responsible for coaching outfielders, hitters, and assisted in recruiting student-athletes. During his time in Pensacola the teams achieved several top 10 region 8 rankings and a top 25 national ranking. In 2016, Coach Santiago and his family decided to move back to Houston, Texas. He accepted a baseball coaching position at Splendora High School. Coach Santiago spent 1 year there and moved on to coach at Aldine MacArthur. While at MacArthur in 2017 the team made the playoffs in class 6A.

Coach Santiago and his beautiful wife, Keri, have one daughter Mckaylah. They are expecting their 2nd baby in late December.