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2017 Coaches

Byron Bode

Head Coach - 18th Season

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 quarter-finals 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, All-West Region Team in 1997, the football team made it to quarter-finals of the NCAA Division II Football Championships, and 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.  

Wes Adair

Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers - 13th Season

Coach Adair is originally from Mart, TX. He graduated from Baylor University and began his career in Irving ISD in 2004.  Since then, he has worked for White Settlement and Grapevine-Colleyville. 

He was married in 2008 to Holly Adair.  She is a teacher at Chisholm Trail High School as well.  They have two children, Hollis and Story.


Randy Denman

Assistant Coach - Defensive Line - 8th Season

Randy Denman is coaching varsity defensive line and basketball.  He spent all of his previous 4 years of coaching at Splendora Independent School District, where he coached football, basketball, and track.  In his three years of coaching defensive line he has produced three all-district defensive linemen.  He also has made 2 appearances in the playoffs for basketball and been a part of a 20 win season.  He was directly responsible for post players in which he boasted one all-district selection and one defensive player of the year.  He has also experienced some success in track with one athlete finishing  1st in the long jump and 2ndin 100 meters at the 2014 State meet.

Terry Wright

Assistant Coach - 32nd Season

Terry Wright is in his 32nd year of teaching and coaching. He is the Head Wrestling coach and an Assistant Football coach (freshman). Coach Wright graduated from Minnesota State Mankato. Coach Wright was inducted into the Texas Wresting Hall of Hame in 2011. 

Coach Wright and his wife Lisa have four children, Tucker, Zachary, Jake and Sara.

Jacob Farley

Assistant Coach - 4th Season

Jacob Farley is in his fourth year as a teacher/coach at Chisholm Trail High School.  Jacob graduated from Hebron High School.  He then attended and graduated from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.  While there he played Defensive End on a football scholarship.  Jacob received a Bachelors of Science degree in English Education.  At Chisholm Trail, he is the coach of the defensive linemen. 

Jacob is engaged to Jessica Raulins.


Keith Houston

Assistant Coach - Defensive Line - 3rd Season

Coach Houston played collegiate football in the Southeastern Conference at Ole Miss. He will work closely with the Rangers defensive backs.

Houston spent the previous three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Faulkner University in Montgomery AL, He also spent three seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur MS.

Houston was a four-year letterman at Ole Miss from 2003-2006, having played for Rebel head coaches David Cutcliffe and Ed Orgeron. He started his career as a safety but was moved to tight end when Orgeron took over the program.

Houston earned degrees in criminal justice and African American studies from Ole Miss. He and his wife Deidra have two children, Miley and Keith, Jr. 

Carl Hollums

Assistant Coach - 8th Season

Coach Hollums is entering his eighth year teaching. His assignments at CTHS include teaching in the science department, Inside Line Backers for Varsity/JV football and Assistant Head Baseball Coach.

Prior teaching and coaching assignments include: Athletic Coordinator at Acton Middle School in Granbury, TX; Athletic Coordinator/Assistant Head Baseball Coach at J.B. Hood Jr. High/Permian High School in Odessa, TX; and 8th Grade Assistant/ Head JV Baseball Coach at Bonham Jr. High/ Permian High School in Odessa, TX.

Coach Hollums and his wife have three beautiful children; Dylan, Makenzie, and Carson. On his free time, Coach Hollums enjoys being on the water, fishing, hunting, and spending as much time with his family as possible.

“If you want something you’ve never had,  you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”.  – Thomas Jefferson

Brian Miller

Assistant Coach

Coach Miller is in his first year at Chisholm Trail High School coaching the quarterback 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 Assocation (TIAA) Co-Champion Yellow Jackets. Coach Miller graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and also was a 2-year member of the Lumberjack football team.

Coach Miller joins the Ranger staff after spending the previous 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 16 years. They have four beautiful children: Austin (12), Ryan (10), Abigail (10), and Collin (10). 

Neale Tweedie

Assistant Coach - 11th Season

Coach Tweedie is entering his 11th year in the teaching and coaching profession. This will be Coach Tweedie's first year in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD after stints at Denton Braswell, Byron Nelson, and Clear Lake High Schools. Before that, Coach Tweedie was a graduate assistant coach and varsity letterman at the University of Texas.  

Coach Tweedie earned a Master's degree from the University of Texas where he played for the National Champion football team in the 2005 season. He was a multi-year letter winner in track, wrestling, and football at Allen High School.

Coach Tweedie has been happily married to his wife, Shawnda, for 10 years and they have two children, Lachlan and Ellison. 

Jared Acton

Assistant Coach

Ryan Higgins

Assistant Coach - 4th Season

Coach Higgins is entering his 4th year coaching and 1st year at Chisholm Trail. He coaches the Varsity Offensive Line with emphasis on the tackles. He also serves as the Head powerlifting Coach. 

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 - 5th Season

James (CJ) Fowler is in his first 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. He continues to hold two school records at Union. He is also the 100m school record holder at Waxahachie High School.

Coach Fowler comes to Chisholm from Dallas Adamson. As the head secondary coach, the Leopards finished with the 3rd ranked passing defense in 5A in DFW. In just one season, the track team broke 10 schools records and tripled the amount regional qualifiers. At the University of North Texas, he received his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. 

Clint Burlison

Assistant Coach - 11th Season

I attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls,TX. I have been teaching and coaching for 11 years now. I am presently completing my first 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 am the Head Freshman and Receivers Coach. My second sport is baseball at Chisholm Trail. Throughout my career I have coached football, baseball and powerlifting. 

Kyle Mickles

Assistant Coach - 9th Season

Coach Mickles is in his second season at Chisholm Trail and his 9th overall. Coach Mickles serves as the Head Baseball Coach and also coaches the freshman quarterbacks and running backs. In his first year as head baseball coach, the Rangers advanced to the Texas State Playoffs.

Prior to coming to Chisholm Trail, Coach Mickles spent 7 years at Richland High School. Four of those were spent as the Varsity Wide Receivers Coach and two as the Varsity Running Backs Coach. During that time he was the Varsity Baseball Associate Head Coach and served as program Pitching Coach.

Coach Mickles was a 3-year letterman in baseball at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. While there the Cajuns were nationally ranked and won two Sun Belt Conference regular season championships and advanced to two NCAA regionals, finishing 2nd in the 2007 Texas A&M Regional. As a junior in high school he helped lead the Redemptorist Wolves to the 3A State title game in Louisiana. As a senior, he was an All-State pitcher and led the Wolves to the 3A State title game.

Coach Mickles and his wife Angela are the proud parents of two children, Rhett and Cecily.

Jason Thomas

Assistant Coach - 10th Season

This is my first year at Chisholm Trail High School and my 10th year of coaching/teaching. 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 (2) and Landry (1). 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.