2021 War Eagle Football Coaching Staff
Mark Schmid: Campus Athletic Coordinator/ Head Football Coach
Mark graduated from McCullough High School in 1980 and attended Texas Lutheran College while playing safety for the Bulldogs. He went on to graduate from the University of North Texas in 1986. While working on his Master’s degree at Texas Christian University, he served as a graduate assistant for the Horned Frogs.
Mark has been coaching for 34 years. He began his coaching career in Cy-Fair ISD and then moved on to McCullough High School where he spent 8 years as an assistant. He moved on to The Woodlands High School in 1996 where he served as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator.
As the Offensive Coordinator, he helped the 2003 team reach their first ever 5A Division I state championship appearance. He was named the Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Director of the Woodlands H.S. in March 2004.
As the Head Coach at The Woodlands High School, he guided the team to 14 consecutive play-off appearances and nine district championships. His 2009, 2010 and 2016 teams completed the regular season with perfect 10-0 records. In 2016, he coached his team to a 15-1 state final appearance.
In 2018, Coach Schmid accepted a position at SHSU as Offense Quality Control and High School Relations Coach.
In 2019 he was named Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Oak Ridge High School.
Coach Schmid was named District Coach of the year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has also been a Touch Down Club Coach of the Year finalist 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. He was named the Touch Down Club Coach of the Year in 2016. He was also named Lone Star Gridiron’s 6A Coach of the Year in 2016. His overall record as a head coach is 126-41.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association in 2006 and 2007. He and his wife Sheryl have been married for 37 years. They have two children, Zoe (Thomas) Braman of Refugio and Eric, a junior at Sam Houston State University. They also have one granddaughter, Isabella.
Taylor Cobb- Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line
Coach Cobb is entering his 14th year of coaching. Coach Cobb is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School where he was a team captain of the 2002 State Semi-Finalist Team. He attended Stephen F. Austin University where he was a 2 time All Conference player for the Lumberjacks. After completing his undergraduate degree, Coach Cobb was a Graduate Assistant working with Football and Strength and Conditioning while earning his master's degree in Education. He has also made coaching stops at San Antonio East Central and Conroe High School, where he has served as both Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. Coach Cobb will be teaching Economics at Oak Ridge. He has been married to his wife, Amy, since 2018. They have a 2 and half-year-old son, William, and an 8-month-old daughter, Madison.
Bear Murchison: Defensive Coordinator/ Inside Linebackers
Coach Bear Murchison is in his 26th year of coaching and teaching and has proudly served in Conroe ISD his entire career. He spent 25 years in The Woodlands feeder system serving at all levels of the program as a campus coordinator, varsity defensive line coach, wrestling coach, track and field coach, and as the strength and conditioning coordinator. A graduate of Fredericksburg High School, he attended Texas A&M University where he earned a bachelor of science in Kinesiology and a Science Composite teaching certification. In 2009 he earned his Master of Education Administration from Lamar University. He is a member of the science department and teaches Astronomy. He and Stacey have been married for 16 years and have two children, William 14, and Abby 11.
Brandon LaPorte- Asst. Head Coach/ Special Teams Coordinator/ Safeties
Coach La Porte is entering his 7th year of coaching. Coach La Porte is a graduate of Cypress Woods High School where he played under Coach David Jones. He attended Louisiana State University where he was a student assistant with the Tigers’ football program. After graduating, Coach La Porte attended Hardin-Simmons University to receive his master’s degree. Where he coached as a graduate assistant. He has also made coaching stops at Lamar University and Seguin High School. Coach La Porte will be teaching special education at Oak Ridge. He has been married to his wife, Kristen, since 2017. They have a 1-year old son, Brandon La Porte Jr.
Justin Jackson- Inside Wide Receivers
Entering my 7th year coaching and 2nd year at Oak Ridge.
Graduated from Oak Ridge in 2003 and made it to the State Semi Finals for Football.
Sul Ross State University- Played Football (QB, WR)
Sam Houston State University- Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology.
Coached at Hamshire-Fannett H.S. (WR’s, QB’s)
Tarkington H.S. (O.C., QB’s)
Kountze H.S. (O.C., QB’s)
P.E. Teacher 9th grade
My wife Erin Jackson also graduated from Oak Ridge. Future War Eagles, my son Colt (2yrs) and my daughter Remi (7 months).
Jacob Norton- Outside Receivers
Coach Norton is entering his 4th year of coaching. Coach Norton is a 2014 graduate of Oak Ridge High School where he played football under Coach Rush. He attended Texas A&M University – Commerce where he continued his football career at the Division II Level. He was a part of three conference championships and one national at A&M – Commerce. After graduating, Coach Norton started his coaching career at North Mesquite for one year, then made his way back home to begin coaching/teaching at Oak Ridge. Coach Norton has been married to his wife, Madison since July of 2020.
Josh Robinson- Recruiting Coordinator/ Quarterbacks
8 years coaching experience
Graduated Bellville High School 2009
Graduated Sam Houston State University 2016
Coached at Sam Houston State University, University of Louisiana Monroe, Ole Miss, and University of Toledo
Teaching Field - Life Science
Wife Angelica, Daughter Isabella, Son Theo, and Daughter Charlie
Robert Walker- Running Backs
Coach Walker retired after the 2017 season only to re-enter back into coaching one year later. This will mark Coach Walker’s 41st year in coaching both in high school and college. Coach Walker attended Hemphill High School, in Hemphill, Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Coach Walker has been married to Debbie for 38 years, they have 2 children, Vince and Linsey, 1 Son-in-law, Jake Oldenburg and 3 grandchildren, Finn Walker, Trinity Oldenburg and Hayden Oldenburg. This is Coach Walker’s 3rd year here at Oak Ridge High School.
Frank Wilson- Offensive Line
Coach Wilson will begin his 26th year of coaching and teaching this year. He graduated from Midwestern State University and graduated high school from Alvord High School. Coach Wilson has coached at Bovina High School, Copperas Cove High School and Killeen High School. Coach Wilson has had the honor of coaching some great players over the last 26 years. He is married to the beautiful and talented Suzi Wilson and they have one daughter Cassie. Cassie will be a junior this year
Frederick Coleman- Cornerbacks
It is a pleasure to be able to serve the Oak Ridge HS community. I am originally from Austin, TX where I played football at LBJ High School before earning a scholarship to play football at Sam Houston State University. I am entering my 17th year in education and coaching with stops at various schools around the Houston area. I will be teaching in the Special Education Department as an in class support teacher as well as coaching football and basketball. My wife and I both work in education and we have four daughters from ages 12-24 as well as one grandson. In our free time we enjoy fishing and traveling.
Daniel Davidson- Defensive Line
Coach Davidson is entering his 12th year of coaching. Coach Davidson played football at The Woodlands H.S. for Coach Schmid and continued playing outside linebacker and defensive end at Cisco J.C and Baylor University before graduating from Texas State University with a Bachelors in kinesiology. He has taught in various types of special education settings at his previous schools, Cy-Fair H.S. and S.P. Waltrip H.S.
The most important people in Coach Davidson’s life is his amazing son Paul, beautiful girlfriend Kasey and her extraordinary children Kailey and Ethan.
Matthew Wright- Outside Linebackers
Coach Wright is entering his 7th year of coaching. Coach Wright is a graduate of Sabine High School where he played under Coach Jerry Baker. He attended Belhaven University where he played linebacker and began his coaching career as a student assistant with the Blazers’ football program. After graduating, Coach Wright attended University of Louisiana at Monroe to receive his master’s degree. Where he coached as a graduate assistant for the Warhawks. He has also made coaching stop at Galena Park. Coach Wright will be teaching government and economics at Oak Ridge. He has been married to his wife, Laurel, since 2016.
Stacy Smith- Kickers/ Head Freshman Coach
Years Coaching: 27
Year at Oak Ridge: 2
High School: Pascagoula High School (Pascagoula, MS)
College: University of Southern Mississippi ‘92
B.S. Degree in Coaching and Sports Admin and History
Playing Experience: 1 year-Kicker, 3 year Soccer
Coaching Experience: Resurrection Catholic School (MS), Gautier Middle School (MS), McCullough Jr. High (TX), Magnolia West High School (TX), Pascagoula High School (MS), Stephenville High School (TX), Conroe High School (TX), Kempner High School (TX), Vancleave High School (MS)
Family: Children 2- Derek DePasquale-Houston, Dr. Amber Gregory-Houston
Austin Darling- Freshman Offensive Line/ Defensive Line
Coach Darling is entering his 3rd year coaching. This will be his first year at Oak Ridge after spending the last two years as a Junior High Coach in Klein ISD. Coach Darling was a graduate of Klein Oak High School before he attended Texas A&M University where he majored in Physical Education K-12, culminating in student teaching here in Conroe ISD at Coulson Tough Elementary and The Woodlands High School. Coach Darling will be working with the Freshmen OL and DL this year and will be teaching World Geography.
Mike Ingram- Freshman Line Backers/ WR's/ Video Coordinator
Coach Ingram is entering his 8th year coaching and his 4th at Oak Ridge HS. In addition to working with the football program he is an assistant with the baseball program and teaches World Geography. Prior to coming to Oak Ridge he worked at Porter HS and Rice Consolidated HS. He is a graduate of Allen HS and attended Concordia University Texas where he graduated with a BA in Secondary Education. While at Concordia he was a member of the baseball team.
He is married to his wife Lauren who is an OTA and they have twin girls Emmy and Ellie.
Ronnie Jones- Freshman Secondary/ Wide Receivers
Entering my 7th year of coaching, and first at Oak Ridge. I graduated from Texas Southern University and CE King HS. Have previously coached at Aldine HS and Galena Park HS. Teaching field is Special Education. I have a beautiful fiancé, Zaiha, and we are dog parents to our American Akita, Gino.