THE GENERALS: Houston's Top 10 trending coaches

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The city of Houston is home to some of the most successful active coaches in Texas high school sports. Even the nation. They win at a high level, develop athletes to go to the next level and instill their values in their students.

These are the top program-builders in the area and have filled the trophy cases of their respective schools.

Here are Houston's Top 10 Trending Coaches.

No. 1 Jon Kay, North Shore, Football

Since taking over the head coaching job at North Shore five years ago, the Detroit-native has won two state titles (2015, 2018). He's been in Galena Park ISD since 1996 and learned under coach David Aymond. Kay is tremendously detail-oriented but gives his assistants room to do their jobs. The 'Stangs are LOADED for 2019 and could reach the state game again. They market their kids and put them in the best position to be successful.


No. 2 Gary Joseph, Katy, Football

On the Mt. Rushmore of Texas High School football, Gary Joseph has four state titles, 14 district titles and 201 wins. He is the fastest to reach 200 wins in state history and has held leadership positions such as being the THSCA president in 2017-18. His father was also a coaching legend at Wharton HS.


No. 3 Juris Green, The Woodlands, Cross-Country

His dad built the Highlander program decades ago, but Juris is taking it to the next level. The Woodlands boys are going for their fifth consecutive Class 6A state title in cross-country. The Highlanders have also won back-to-back state title in track in 2016 and '17. He was the National Coach of the Year in 2017. TWHS has won 21 XC state titles.

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