Reagan Head Football Coach Tapped for Baylor Football Staff

David Wetzel going to Baylor

The Stone Oak Community was stunned December 9 by the announcement that longtime Ronald Reagan High School head football coach and athletic director was leaving the school to join the football program at Baylor University.  

KSAT Sports announced David Wetzel’s departure late Friday afternoon, which was confirmed by NEISD Athletic Director Karen Funk.  Ben Baby of the Dallas Morning News speculated Wetzel will work with Baylor’s player development rather than as an assistant coach.   

Wetzel accepted the offer to join Baylor’s football staff under new head coach Matt Rhule.  He was one of the first five members of Rhule’s new football staff announced.  Wetzel returns to his alma mater.  He played receiver at the university for Bears’ head coach Grant Teaff – lettering in 1990 and 1991, according to the Baylor Bears website. 

David Wetzel has headed Reagan’s successful football program since 2004, leading the Rattlers to seven district championships, including undefeated district seasons the last four years.  He has coached 25 seasons of high school football in the state and is president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. 

Wetzel told his Reagan players and fellow coaches early Friday morning about his departure, according to ESPN 1660 Central Texas.

“David Wetzel will be greatly missed by the NEISD community and in particular the Reagan community,” said Kelly Parker, NEISD athletic director of football and track.  “For all the success he had on the field, Coach Wetzel had an even greater impact off the field molding his athletes into great young men and women for the future.  Replacing Coach Wetzel will not be possible.  Hopefully a candidate can be found who can continue his work.” 

In an excerpt from a statement to the community posted on the Reagan Rattler’s website, Wetzel thanked the faculty, staff and players and said: 

It is with great pride that I have spent the last 13 seasons as the Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach at Ronald Reagan High School. 

You have been so gracious to take care of me and my family during this time. We will forever be grateful to the Reagan community and family.  We have lifelong friendships and many special relationships from our time here. 

I will be accepting a role on Baylor University’s football staff.  This is a career move that I cannot pass up. Giving back to my alma mater has always been a goal of mine. My time at Reagan has allowed me to have this outstanding opportunity.”