Coach Joseph to be Inducted in the Texas High School Hall of Fame

joseph 1024x1024By Tom Behrens

“It humbles you a lot,” Joseph said after the announcement. “Really and truthfully, I hadn’t thought about it because I have some other things on my mind right now. But looking back on it, I’m sure I’ll be real thrilled about it. It’s a great compliment to Katy High School.” Joseph found out about his selection prior to the state championship game with Austin Lake Travis.
The Hall of Fame, which is housed at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, will have its induction for the 2016 class May 7 at the Ferrell Center in Waco.
Coach Joseph began his coaching career at Luling High School 37 years ago. After advancing in jobs at Brazosport and Austin Westlake, he then moved to Katy High School where he has served for 34 years – 22 of those years as Mike Johnston’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
Joseph has been the Tigers’ head coach since 2004, replacing Johnston when he retired. Coach Johnston started in 1982. He helped Katy win three titles before taking over and turning the Tigers into one of the nation’s best football programs.
Katy is 167-14 in Joseph’s 12 seasons, winning three championships and playing in five more state finals. The win over Lake Travis gave the Tigers eight titles and pushed them into a tie for first with Celina and Southlake Carroll for most UIL championships.
“He is a legend,” said new UIL athletic director Susan Elza. “He is a great example for all coaches across the state and for us to see him inducted to the Hall of Fame is an honor that is so well-deserved, and it’s on such a big stage.”
Joseph’s numerous honors include being named American Football Monthly’s high school football National Coach of the Year in 2012 and twice a Touchdown Club of Houston’s Coach of the Year. The Tigers have 11 district championships in Joseph’s 12 seasons and haven’t lost a game in district play since 2008.
“From the administration to our AD’s office, it all goes together to create a program,” Joseph said. “Most of it, it’s a compliment to our kids. They’re the ones that got me here.”
At the award banquet the 2015 state championship coaches will be honored. The Gordon Wood Award will be presented to a deserving high school and the Texas High School Coaches Association will present the 2016 Tom Landry Award to an outstanding coach.