Lone Star Gridiron

Tyler Lee Hires Clayton George To Turn Things Around


George Returns to East Texas with Loads of Experience

The Tyler Lee Red Raiders have hired Clayton George to be their 11th head coach in the school’s history. George arrives after being the offensive coordinator at Southlake Carroll. He replaces Darrell Piske who was reassigned.

Piske was reassigned after leading the Red Raiders for the past 4 years going 15-26. Their 2015 season ended in tie for 4th place in the district but lost a tiebreaker to miss out on the playoffs. The highlight over the past 2 seasons has been back-to-back victories over rival Tyler John Tyler.

Coach Piske came to Tyler Lee from 3A Fairfield where his teams went 23-19 over 4 years. He was also head coach at 1A Valley Mills from 2003-2007 where he went 30-25-0. His overall coaching record is now at 68-70-0. He was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Bartlett when they won the 1A State Championship in 1999.

George was the offensive coordinator at Southlake Carroll for the past 5 seasons. Before that he was an assistant coach under Todd Dodge at the University of North Texas between 2007 and 2010. He has also been a head coach at Dallas Hillcrest (2004-2005 going 14-8) and Haltom City (2006 3-7). He was an assistant at Southlake Carroll under Coach Dodge from 2000-2003.  Coach George has deep East Texas roots as he grew up just down the road from Tyler in Athens.

Lee is no longer the sole East Texas 6A team. They are joined by rivals Tyler John Tyler and Longview in the district for the next 2 seasons. Rival Lufkin will also be moving up to 6A but they will be part of 12-6A. Tyler Lee will be in district 11-6A which will also include Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite, Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath along with Longview and Tyler John Tyler. They lost 13 all-district players to graduation. The only all-district player coming back is DL Nathan Niedrauer who was an honorable mention selection.

The Red Raiders scored over 44 points a game last year but gave up over 49 points per game. Look for the offense to continue their high scoring ways in 2016. Can the defense turn things around under the new coach and in such a tough district? They play some of the most historic rivalry games. They are 16-38-1 all-time vs. Lufkin, 29-30-1 all-time vs. Tyler John Tyler in the Rose City Rivalry and 14-40-2 all-time vs. Longview.

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