You won't find too many coaches that have a better résumé than Lufkin, Texas, coach John Outlaw.
In his 26 years of coaching he has won three state championships, 16 district championships and has accumulated more than 200 victories. Now the longtime coach can add another impressive accomplishment to that list – head coach in an All-American Bowl.
Outlaw and his Lufkin coaching staff will coach the West squad in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American bowl on Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
"It's a tremendous honor to be involved in this game," Outlaw said. "I'm more excited for my staff, because I've had two or three guys that have been with me for 24 years. All of them have been with me for 14 or 15 years and this is a great reward for all of them also."
Like the NFL Pro Bowl, Offense-Defense decided to bring in an entire coaching staff together as one group, instead of bringing a staff that had never worked together before. Offense-Defense All-American Bowl director Gary Henderson said the decision to bring in coach Outlaw's staff was easy.
"We are honored to have one of the top coaching staffs in the country coaching the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl," Henderson said. "Coach Outlaw and his staff's accomplishments speak for themselves.
"With only one week to prepare, we decided to model our all-star game after the NFL Pro Bowl and pull a full staff in so they can continue to work the magic they do at their local high schools and prepare the kids to showcase their talents on a national stage."
• 260-79-5 record overall coaching record
• Was won 16 district championships and three state championships.
• John and his wife, Francie, have two children – Joel, deceased, and Stephen.
Offense-Defense All-American Bowl West Coaching Staff
John Outlaw – Head coach Todd Quick – Defensive coordinator/Safeties Scott Green – Offensive coordinator Matt Knight – Receivers Tommy Earley – Offensive line David Guzman – Running backs Brooke Stafford – Defensive line Chris Lashley - Linebackers Pat Nicholson - Cornerbacks
Outlaw, a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, said his assistants are excited for the opportunity.
"This is a great chance for guys like Todd Quick, our defensive coordinator, that have been with me for 24 years," Outlaw said.
"All of these guys are ready and excited, like I am, to get an opportunity to work with the nation's top players. In an All-American game like this, we're going to get to work with some great ones. We've coached some amazing players over the years, but not a collection like this."
So what will we see from the West squad?
"We're going to throw it all over the house and get the ball in our running back and receivers hands and let them do some damage," Outlaw said. "We run a no-huddle spread offense here at Lufkin, and we're going to do the same thing in the game. People want to see exciting plays and a lot of points, and that's what we're going to do for them.
"We're going to take our offense and defense and spruce it up some and make sure we get our playmakers chances to make plays on both sides of the ball."