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HISD Announces New Head Coaches

HISD Athletics Announces Coaching Hires for 2016-2017


The Huntsville ISD Athletics Department is proud to announce multiple coaching hires in preparation of the 2016-2017 school year. Coach Rodney Southern, HISD Athletics Director announced late this week that he has made his final decisions in filling four vacant head coaching positions at Huntsville High School. Two will be filled from the outside and two from within.

Joshua Boyd will be the next new Head Coach for Tennis at HHS. Coach Boyd comes to HISD from Montgomery HS where he spent the last 3 years as a teacher and coach. Prior to Montgomery ISD, he was at Graham ISD for 4 years and Mable Falls ISD for 2 years. In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, he will also be teaching business related courses.

Dillon Gaffney will be joining HHS as the new Head Coach for Girls Soccer. Coach Gaffney, a native of Kildare, Ireland, will be joining Huntsville ISD from Palacios ISD where he spent the last year as a teacher and coach for multiple sports. In addition to coaching, Gaffney will also be teaching in the History department.

Daniel ‘Danny’ Leatherman, who has been with Huntsville ISD since 2013, will be moving up from Assistant Golf Coach to take over the reigns as Head Coach this coming school year. As a teacher in our DAEP program and coach at HHS, Coach Leatherman has done an outstanding job and is ready for the head coaching opportunity. With more than 20 years coaching experience, he has had 35 former students play, or are currently playing golf at the collegiate level as well as 4 former students go on to play professionally. Prior to joining Huntsville ISD, Leatherman was a teacher and coach in Lufkin ISD, Alto ISD and Pasadena ISD. HISD is excited to see the HHS Golf program continue to grow, excel and compete at the state level under his leadership.

Jackson Hood, who has been with Huntsville ISD since 2014, will be moving up to HHS from Mance Park Middle School, to take over as the Head Coach for Hornet Baseball. For the last 2 years, Hood has served as a math teacher and coach and is ready for the varsity challenge. Prior to joining HISD, his previous classroom and coaching experience were for White Oak ISD. Hood has personally played baseball for Stephen F. Austin University and for Marshall High School, and assisted with the Hornet baseball program this past school year.

Coach Southern is excited over each of these new varsity hires and is looking for great things ahead in both the Hornet & Lady Hornet athletic programs for next school year.

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