High School: Joe McBride

Coppell's McBride on making a deep playoff run

November, 25, 2011

Coppell's Joe McBride joined Travis L. Brown and Randy Jennings to talk about taking a team on a long playoff run, how sites are selected and more. Among the nuggets: Euless Trinity is even scarier to face when wearing a certain uniform.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Just a few weeks ago, former Flower Mound Marcus running back Rufus Mason was already at a summer camp at Trinity Valley Junior College, where he will play football in the fall, with the glory of a 2028-yard high school senior season behind him.

Summer conditioning quickly turned into training again for full-contact football when Mason received a text message that said he had really great news.

That great news was that Mason had been selected as a fill-in for the Texas High School Coaches Association football All-Star Game on Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium.

“It’s an honor just to be selected in the All-Star Game," he said. "It’s a great feeling. I was happy to just be nominated and be a late selection. I’m glad I’m here and hopefully I can prove to the people that are watching that I deserve to be here.”

Mason said his high school coach, Bryan Erwin, was very actively involved with promoting Mason to the selection committee that included coaches Joe McBride from Coppell and Rodney Webb from Mesquite Horn.

Webb, the committeeman in charge of selecting 5A players to the North squad, said Mason has had an extra spark in the practices leading up to the game, which made him very interested to see what the power back will do in Cowboys Stadium.

“He’s obviously a guy we missed on a little bit because from day one he’s been one of the most impressive guys out there,” Webb said. “We’ve really enjoyed watching him.”

Before Mason was even ready to grasp the idea of playing in an NFL stadium, he had to get past the excitement from practicing on an NCAA Division I field at TCU and, of course, the endless amount of food available to the players in the TCU cafeteria.

When Mason hits the field Tuesday night, he said he’ll reach a whole new level of excitement that won’t compare to a college practice and a full stomach.

“I just want to put on a show,” Mason said.


* Former Denton Ryan running back and A&M Commerce commit Kaylon Alexander will not play Tuesday due to health issues involving his kidneys. Alexander said he became very dehydrated during practices leading up to the All-Star game and was taken to the hospital to get IVs, but would find out through blood work that his kidneys were not functioning properly. Both Alexander and McBride said with a few days rest Alexander would be healthy again and ready to start practices in Commerce.

* Former Aledo cornerback Rylan Riney is getting a chance to be a big man on the football field again after spending time since May gaining a spot as a preferred walk on at Texas A&M. Riney said he will play safety for the Aggies, joining a standout running back with the same last name, DeSoto's Cyrus Gray.

“Just to be down there with those group of guys, it’s going to be a great year for that team and I’m looking forward to help out however I can,” Riney said.

Coppell's McBride honored by Dallas Cowboys

January, 4, 2011
COPPELL, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys honored Coppell football head coach Joe McBride as High School Coach of the Year prior to the Southlake Carroll-Coppell boys basketball game Tuesday night.

Two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Cowboys mascot Rowdy were on hand to present McBride with a certificate and a check for $2,000 to Coppell High School.

McBride guided Coppell to a 13-1 season, the best in school history. He is ESPNDallas.com's Class 5A coach of the year.

Coppell, Poteet coaches made major impacts

December, 28, 2010


Class 5A: Coppell's Joe McBride

In his two years at the school, McBride has turned Coppell into an elite Class 5A program.

ESPNDallas.com recognizes the top Class 4A and 5A performances from the 2010 football season:

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  • McBride had a lot to work with. Coppell was already a perennial playoff participant, but the Cowboys realized their potential in 2010 under McBride's guidance.

    Coppell's defense became a punishingly physical unit led by a talented front seven, giving up less than 10 points per game in the regular season.

    Maybe McBride's most impressive achievement was turning Coppell's run-first offense into a top-flight passing team.

    Coppell's Zero Week win over Mesquite Horn came as a result of running back Cam McDaniel's 40-plus carries. By the end of the season, McBride had quarterback Joe Minden and Coppell's passing game playing as well as any in the state.

    That was obvious in Coppell's loss to Euless Trinity in the Class 5A Division I playoffs. Playing against one of the better defenses in the state, Coppell scored on every possession and led the entire game before Trinity scored as time expired to end Coppell's season.

    Class 4A: Mesquite Poteet's Randy Jackson

    It's hard to imagine a coach having a bigger impact on a program than Jackson had on Mesquite Poteet.

    Poteet went 1-19 in the two years prior to Jackson's arrival from Class 2A Lone Oak. Despite the opportunity to make the jump from to a 4A program, many of Jackson's friends advised him not to take the job.

    For Poteet, it's good he didn't listen. Jackson instantly transformed the toxic atmosphere within the program and got his players believing they could achieve anything.

    And the Pirates almost achieved everything. They clinched a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive District 15-4A, beat tradition-rich Highland Park in the playoffs at Cowboys Stadium and nearly knocked off eventual Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo in the state semifinals.

    Coppell struggles with identity crisis

    August, 17, 2010
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    Despite coming off a strong 2009 season going 11-2 and making it to the D1 regional finals, Coppell head coach Joe McBride said he doesn't feel like this team should ride any momentum going into this season.

    "We've got some potential coming back, but that's all it is, potential," McBride said. "We've got to form our own identity and be hungry for this year and not try to live off what we did last year because our goals are bigger than that."

    McBride said he hopes team leaders like running back Cam McDaniel will not only step up and get the job done on the game field, but help this years squad make a legacy of their own.

    "[Team leaders] need to have a sense of urgency about this team being hungry and this team finding an identity. Some people want to be satisfied because it's the best year they've had in a while, and that's all fine and good for that group, but this group has new standards to climb and want to get better."

    Check the new high school page on ESPN Dallas later this week for the full district 7-5A preview.