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Tomball Independent School District

Tomball ISD Welcomes Joe Cary as New TMHS Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach

Tomball ISD Welcomes Joe Cary as New TMHS Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach
Joe Cary - FB Coach

TOMBALL –  Tomball ISD is excited to announce Coach Joe Cary from Brazosport ISD as the new Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator for Tomball Memorial High School. He will replace Sam Parker, who has left to pursue a new coaching opportunity.

“After a very comprehensive search of close to 100 high quality applicants from around the country, we are proud to welcome Joe Cary to the Navy Empire at Tomball Memorial High School,” said Kevin Flanigan, Tomball ISD Director of Athletics. “Joe is a proven winner as a head coach and coordinator and understands how to create a championship caliber culture. He is a tremendous father, husband and leader who is respected as one of the best throughout the State of Texas. I am excited to see all of our athletic programs excel under Coach Cary’s leadership.”

Cary brings over 24 years of successful experience in Texas high school football coaching and 10 years as a head coach/campus athletic coordinator across multiple districts. His accomplished career is highlighted by six Coach of the Year accolades. 

“I am honored and extremely excited to be a Tomball Memorial Wildcat and can’t wait to meet the kids and get to work,” said Cary on joining TISD. “My wife and I look forward to being part of one of the best districts in Texas and completely immersing ourselves into Tomball Memorial High School and the community of Tomball. Tomball Memorial has experienced great success across all athletics, and we look forward to building on that success and continuing to add to the Wildcat tradition. I look forward to working with Dr. Zamora, Dr. Bailey, Coach Flanigan and the leaders of TMHS and TISD to make Tomball Memorial High School the very best it can possibly be!”

Brazoswood High School
Head Football Coach, Campus Athletic Coordinator, 2022-2023

  • Led team to playoffs for the first time in 10 years in 2022
  • Named 2022 District Coaching Staff of the Year
  • Produced 21 Academic All-State student-athletes
  • Established an Athletic Leadership Council for BHS

Hondo High School
Head Football Coach, Campus Athletic Coordinator, 2020-2022

  • 2020 District Champions, first since 2006 for high school
  • Finished 10-2 in 2020, first 10-win season in 15 years
  • Named 2020 District Coaching Staff of the Year
  • Tabbed Medina County Coach of the Year
  • Produced 10 Academic All-State student-athletes

Crandall High School
Head Football Coach, Campus Athletic Coordinator, 2014-2020

  • 2019 District Champions, first since 2010
  • 10-win season in 2019, first in 12 years
  • Named 2019 District Coaching Staff of the Year
  • Tabbed 2019 Forney Messenger Kaufman County Coach of the Year
  • Tabbed 2019 Kaufman Daily Herald Coach of the Year
  • Advanced to playoffs five times in six year-span
  • Advanced to third round of playoffs in 2019, best finish since 1991

“Tomball Memorial hit a home run in hiring Joe Dale Cary. He is an outstanding football coach and leader of men. He is a wonderful family man with a great track record of success.”

- David Wetzel, Associate Athletics Director for Football at Baylor University & Former President of the Texas High School Coaches Association

“High School coaches in this day and time have to wear many hats.  Joe Cary goes above and beyond as a high school athletic coordinator.  He and his wife, Christy, will be a great addition to Tomball Memorial.”

- Ross Rogers, former President of the Texas High School Coaches Association & State Champion Head Coach at A&M Consolidated 

“Outstanding hire! Joe Cary is a man of tremendous integrity and will make an immediate impact on the TMHS community. He’s a program builder, obviously a winner, and is just as motivated to build young men & women of character as he is winning games.”

- John Snelson, Current President of the Texas High School Coaches Association (27,000 members) & Director of Athletics/Head Football Coach at Dickinson ISD

“Coach Cary will not just build a successful team but will help build a culture that the students, parents, teachers, administrators and fans will be proud to be a part of at Tomball Memorial High School.”

- Tim Buchanan, Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor member, 8-time State Champion head football coach & 3-time State Champion Director of Athletics for Aledo ISD

“Congratulations to Tomball Memorial on the hiring of Joe Dale Cary as your athletic coordinator, head football coach. We at Brazoswood High School hate to lose him, but realize the great potential he has to make your athletic program extremely successful and your kids very successful in the game of life. In  all my years as an athletic director, he by far is the best head coach hire I ever made. My hometown high school’s loss is your school’s gain. Congratulations again! You just hired a super winner on and off the field!!”

- Alan Weddell, THSCA Hall of Honor, Former Athletic Director for Brazosport ISD/LaMarque ISD

In addition to his extensive head coaching experience, Cary also spent time as an Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Port Neches Groves High School (2009-2014), Offensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator at Aledo High School (2006-2009), Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator/Head Wrestling Coach at San Antonio Ronald Reagan High School (2004-2005), and Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Track Coach at Harker Heights High School (2000-2004).

Cary also brings experience coaching within the USA Football organization since 2011.

Cary earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his Masters degree from Texas State University.

Cary and his wife Christy have two daughters, Avery who attends Kanakuk Institute and Camryn, a student at Texas A&M.

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 22,000 students across 23 campuses.


  • 2023-2024
  • Cary
  • Football
  • TMHS

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