The Terrell Independent School District named Marvin Sedberry Jr. as its next Terrell High School varsity football head coach on Wednesday.
The Terrell ISD Board of Trustees approved the hire. Sedberry’s official starts date is Thursday, May 2.
Previously, Sedberry was the head coach at Naaman Forest High School in Garland. He was also the school’s athletic director.
“I’m excited. Thank you for this opportunity. I got chills right now,” Sedberry said while addressing the Terrell ISD school board.
Sedberry has 14 years of coaching experience and started coaching football at age 27. He was the offensive coordinator at Lake Highlands, head coach and campus coordinator at Fort Worth Polytechnic and he was the head coach and campus coordinator at Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown.
Sedberry said he wants to teach young men how to be men.
“I want to bring passion, energy, be a role model, be a person that can show a kid that there’s different ways of doing something. We’re going to have pride, we’re going to have class and we’re going to do it the right way,” Sedberry said.
According to Buster Leaf, Terrell High School athletic director, over 250 people applied to the Terrell High School varsity football head coach position. The list of applicants was narrowed down to 20-25 people. From that, three people were finalists and interviewed for the position.
“We’re really excited,” Leaf said. “Coach Sedberry has turned around programs everywhere he has been. He’s been at programs that have really struggled with participation numbers and he’s increased that everywhere he’s been. His teams have made the playoffs the last three years.”
Sedberry graduated from Mesquite Poteet High School and earned a Master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in Education Administration.
Sedberry took over the head coaching position at Naaman Forest in 2014. Naaman Forest had an overall record of 1-9 in 2014, 0-10 record in 2015, 5-6 record in 2016, 8-3 record in 2017 and 4-7 record in 2018.
Naaman Forest had bi-district playoff appearances in 2016-2018.
Sedberry had a 15-36 record in five seasons at Robert E. Lee.
Sedberry is replacing Mike Shields who became the athletic director and head football coach at McGregor High School. Terrell went 1-8 overall and 1-7 in district in 2018.
Sedberry is the son of Marvin Sedberry who was the head coach of the Greenville Lions for 15 seasons and completed 42 seasons as a head coach or assistant. He coached Greenville from 1993-2001, then from 2003-04 and from 2013-15. He led Greenville to eight playoff appearances.