Lone Star Gridiron

Coaching Changes — Austin Lake Travis

Austin Lake Travis has named defensive coordinator Hank Carter the new head coach. Carter coached under Morris at Stephenville and Lake Travis and has been part of his staff since 2000. He came to Lake Travis with Morris and has been a big part of the team going 32-0 since they arrived.

Coach Carter inherits a team that has won 3 straight state titles and is on a 46 game winning streak which ranks 4th all-time. The Cavaliers are also on a 6 year winning streak (all 8+ wins...before that no 8 + win season in the 20 years since the school opened in 1984).

It will be very tough to keep their winning streak alive this season. They have scheduled 2 very good teams to play against in their pre-district schedule. The Cavaliers will open up the season against Austin Westlake. Westlake was the Class 5A Division I Runner Up last season and was the last team to beat Lake Travis. Their second game of the season will be against Aledo who won the Class 4A, Division II championship last season. Their rival game is the “Bonfire Battle” vs Dripping Springs. Lake Travis only leads the series 9-7 since 1994 but the Cavaliers have won the last 7 in a row.

Team Playoffs:
(7 playoff appearances) 2000,04,05,06,07,08,09
6th consecutive playoff appearance
All-Time Playoff Record : 20-4
18 consecutive playoff wins

Bi-District -- 2004, 06
Area -- 2000, 05
State Champions -- 2007, 2008, 2009

Championship History: Austin Lake Travis (3) 3-0
2007 4A Division II Austin Lake Travis 36, Highland Park 34
2008 4A Division I Austin Lake Travis 48, Longview 23
2009 4A Division I Austin Lake Travis 24, Longview 17

All-Time Coaching Records at Austin Lake Travis
Jeff Dicus 2003-2007 45-15-0 .750
Chad Morris 2008-2009 32-0-0 1.000
Jim Shewmake 1998-2000 15-17-0 .469
Don Cowan 1985-1988 15-25-0 .375
Keith Tuck 1995-1996 10-9-1 .525
Roy Farmer 1989-1992 10-30-0 .250
Mark Ball 1993-1994 5-14-1 .275
George Jackson 1984 3-6-0 .333
Jim Bob Helduser 1997 3-7-0 .300
Charlie Sadler 2001-2002 1-19-0 .050

What are your thoughts?