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The Woodlands hire Rapp to take over one of state’s top programs

Jim Rapp- Woodlands HS FB Coach The Courier

Originally appeared on Vype.com

 

On Tuesday evening, Conroe ISD approved The Woodlands High School’s hire of Jim Rapp as Head Football Coach/Athletic Director.

Rapp has been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at TWHS for 22 years. He takes over for former HFC Mark Schmid, who was the head coach for 14 years. Schmid had been at TWHS for more than 30 years before his resignation.

Rapp brings an extensive knowledge of the program as well as a familiarity with success at The Woodlands. He was the coordinator that led an offense that shattered records on the way to the Highlanders’ 2016 title run.

Rapp’s success and knowledge keeps the Highlanders successful tenure alive.

Without having to deal with bringing a new face, the Highlanders can pick up right where they left off during last year’s two-loss season. They look to bounce back after last year’s shocking first round loss to Rockwall.

The Highlanders enter the 2018 season facing a new district featuring tough competition like Klein Collins, Klein Oak, Oak Ridge and Klein High. Klein Collins will be their toughest opponent as they’ve taken over as the new top dog in Northwest Houston.

Expect a tough first season under new Head Coach Rapp, especially with a minimal amount of starting experience returning. However, The Woodlands are a perennial powerhouse and will restock and reload like they always do. Expect the Highlanders should be back in the playoffs in 2018.

Tim Verghese is a student at Klein Oak HS and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador, visit VYPEU.com 

 

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