Prud’homme’s vision for TWU football

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FORT WORTH — Joe Prud’homme is intrigued about building a college football program from scratch.

And to do so in the midst of such fertile recruiting grounds is icing on the cake.

Prud’homme was introduced Thursday as the new head coach at Texas Wesleyan University. TWU recently announced its intention to resurrect football, which was suspended since 1941 because of World War II and not  reinstated until this year.

TWU intends to play in the NAIA’s Central States Football League beginning in 2017.

That leaves Prud’homme, who coached 23 seasons at Nolan Catholic and won seven TAPPS state championships, about 18 months to start a program.

“Recruiting starts today,” Prud’homme said. “We’re targeting 75 kids to bring in to start with.”

Prud’homme said Texas Wesleyan offers a number of positives to prospective recruits. He mentioned the recent increase in enrollment, a revitalized campus and neighborhood on the city’s east side and the school’s tradition of athletic excellence –its men’s basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the country in the NAIA Division I coaches’ poll.

Prud’homme said he intends to utilize his network of contacts throughout the state – including Houston, San Antonio and East Texas. But he also mentioned nearby communities such as Mansfield, Keller, Southlake and, of course, Fort Worth.

“Some of the best athletes in the state are within a drive of Texas Wesleyan and I plan to bring some of them here,” Prud’homme said.

Prud’homme prefers athletes, “maybe an inch too short or a step too slow. Those are the ones with a chip on their shoulder.”

Prud’homme will host open tryouts for current students – “Hopefully find some good surprises,” he said.

TWU athletic director Steve Trachier said NAIA rules allow for a maximum of 24 scholarships for its football programs. Trachier said the majority of programs on Texas Wesleyan’s level offer about one-half that amount and Trachier anticipated TWU would be in that range to start his program.

Prud’homme’s tenure at Nolan was highlighted by a remarkable seven TAPPS state championships over a 10-year period from 2004-2013.

Prud’homme coached at Nolan from 1991-1996, compiling a 37-25-3 record before leaving the profession for two years. He returned to Nolan for the 1999 season and has compiled a 152-65 record over the last 17 seasons.

Prud’homme by the numbers

UPDATED Feb. 24, 2016

189 — wins at Nolan Catholic
37 — football players who signed letters of intent, received appointments, or walked on to play college football
31 — longest winning streak in school history (Nov. 15, 2008 — Dec. 4, 2010)
23 — seasons as head coach
10 — TAPPS championship game appearances (1995, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
10 — district titles (1991, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
7 — TAPPS state titles (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
5 — undefeated district seasons (1991, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2010, 2012)

All-time coaching victories at Nolan

UPDATED FEB. 24, 2016

Most coaching wins in Nolan football history
Coach Record (Win %) Years
Joe Prud’homme 189-90-3 (.676) 1991-96/1999-2015
Tim Sullivan 22-21 (.512) 1987-90
Bob Irvin 19-27-2 (.417) 1965-69
Len Mengwasser 18-14-1 (.561) 1970-72
Bill Davis 10-20 (.333) 1974-76
Larry Pavlas 9-28-1 (.333) 1977-80
Jont Tyson 6-11-1 (.361) 1962-63
Greg Grady 6-13 (.316) 1985-86
Brother Raymond Sohm 5-4-1 (.550) 1964
Tom Howard 3-7 (.300) 1973
Mark Johnson 3-17 (.150) 1997-98
Vernon Bingham 1-9 (.100) 1981
Doug Gollahon 1-28 (.034) 1982-1984
TOTALS 292-289-9 (.503)  

Prud’homme’s yearly record

UPDATED Feb. 25, 2016

Joe Prud’homme’s year-by-year record at Nolan:

Prud’homme year-by-year
Season             Overall (district)
1991            8-2-1 (2-0)
1992            3-8 (2-2)
1993             6-4-1 (4-0)
1994             6-3-1 (3-0-1)
1995             10-2 (3-1)
1996             4-5 (2-2)
1999           7-6 (2-1)
2000             7-5 (2-1)
2001             5-8 (1-2)
2002             5-6 (2-2)
2003             6-6 (2-2)
2004             12-1 (3-1)*
2005             10-3 (2-2)*
2006             9-3 (4-1)
2007             10-3 (4-1)
2008             11-3 (3-3)*
2009             13-0 (6-0)*
2010             14-1 (6-0)
2011             13-1 (5-1)*
2012             12-2 (6-0)*
2013            10-4 (4-2)*
2014            3-7 (2-5)
2015            5-7 (4-3)
TOTALS             189-90-3 (74-32-1)
*state champion

Texas Wesleyan hires Prud’homme

IMG_0198Dick Kirby photo/2013

UPDATED FEB. 24, 2016

Joe Prud’homme, the head football coach at Nolan Catholic for 23 of the last 25 seasons, has accepted the position of head football coach at Texas Wesleyan University.
TWU recently announced it is bringing football back to its school for the first time since 1941.
Texas Wesleyan will begin play in 2017 in the NAIA’s Central States Football League. The university indicated it will play games at an undetermined high school location until it can build an on-campus stadium.
Prud’homme’s tenure at Nolan was highlighted by a remarkable seven TAPPS state championships over a 10-year period from 2004-2013.
During his 23 years at the helm of the program, Nolan reached the state championship game 10 times, winning in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and losing in 1995, 2007 and 2010.
Prud’homme coached at Nolan from 1991-1996, compiling a 37-25-3 record before leaving the profession for two years. He returned to Nolan for the 1999 season and has compiled a 152-65 record over the last 17 seasons.

Active Texas high school coaches with the most career state titles

UPDATED Feb. 24, 2016:

An unofficial list of currently active public or private school football coaches in the state of Texas with the most career state championships. For corrections or omissions, please contact cameronmaun@yahoo.com

Coach School State

Titles

Championship seasons
Joe Prud’homme FW Nolan 7 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Pat Henke Hallettsville Sacred Heart 7 1986, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011
Greg McClendon Midland Christian 7 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
Todd Dodge Austin Westlake/

Southlake Carroll

4 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
Gary Joseph Katy 4 2007, 2008, 2012 2015
Scott Surratt Carthage 4 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Tom Westerberg Barbers Hill/Allen 4 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mike Wheeler Dallas Christian 4 1995, 1997, 1998, 2008,
Aaron Beck FW All Saints 4 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015