2020 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
Experience: 12 years
High School: Oak Ridge High School
College: Stephen F. Austin
Playing Experience: Stephen F. Austin
Places I've Coached: Stephen F. Austin University, San Antonio East Central, Conroe
Teaching Field: Social Studies
Family: Wife - Amy , Son - William, expecting baby girl in December
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 6th 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. This past spring, they welcomed their first child, Brandon La Porte Jr.
Justin Jackson- Inside Wide Receivers
5 years of coaching experience
Graduated from Oak Ridge High School
Sam Houston State - Bachelor’s degree
Sul Ross State University - Played Football (QB, WR)
Coached at Hamshire-Fannett H.S. (QB’S) / Tarkington H.S. (O.C) / Kountze H.S. (O.C)
P.E. Teacher 9th grade
My wife Erin Jackson also graduated from ORHS. Future War Eagles, my son Colt (2yrs) and expecting a newborn in January.
Jacob Norton- Outside Receivers
This is Coach Norton's 3rd year coaching and teaching; second year at Oak Ridge High School. He is a Oak Ridge Alumni, class of 2014, and was a part of the Oak Ridge football team. After high school, he attended Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he studied Mathematics and was a member of the A&M Commerce football team. Coach Norton was a part of three Lone Star Conference championship teams, and his last year they won the NCAA Division 2 Championship. He recently married my college sweetheart, Madison Norton, this past July, who has been a huge influence in his athletic and coaching career as she has been supportive and encouraging since day 1. Coach Norton looks forward to this year and seeing what we can accomplish as a team and grow from it together.
Josh Robinson- Recruiting Coordinator/ Quarterbacks
7 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, Expecting this October
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 40th 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 37 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 2nd year here at Oak Ridge High School
Frank Wilson- Offensive Line
Coach Wilson is entering his 25th year of coaching and teaching and his 2nd year at Oak Ridge High School. He graduated from Midwestern State University and 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 many great players who have played at the collegiate level and the professional level. His beautiful wife Suzi is a counselor at Moorhead Junior High. Their extremely talented daughter Cassie will be a sophomore this year.
Frederick Coleman- Cornerbacks
Daniel Davidson- Defensive Line
Matthew Wright- Outside Linebackers
Coach Matthew Wright is a native of Northeast Texas as a graduate of Sabine High School. He attended Belhaven University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration and obtained a Master of Science in Athletic Management at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. While at Belhaven, Wright played linebacker under Head Coach Hal Mumme.
Wright is entering his 6th year in coaching and 2nd season at Oak Ridge, he began his career as a student coach working with linebackers and long snappers at Belhaven University, continued on as a graduate assistant with defense (linebackers) at The University of Louisiana at Monroe, and 2 seasons coaching linebackers and special teams at Galena Park High School.
While at Oak Ridge High School, Coach Wright has taught World Geography, Economics and World History. Wright has also taught Physical Education in previous years.
Coach Wright has been married to his wife, Laurel Wright, for 4 years. They have one dog, and enjoy traveling in their spare time.
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
Mike Ingram- Freshman Line Backers/ WR's/ Video Coordinator
Coach Ingram is entering his 7th year coaching and his 3rd 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 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.