But, of course, they take after their fathers. Coach Reginald Samples quickly established a winning culture with impressive record in 2017. Zachary makes $88,685 as the head coach at Wyatt. “Football offers a lot of experiences that can be related directly to life. Hot Tech: Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality Headset, Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping Tickets On Sale Friday, Cedar Hill Girls Basketball Season to Open Friday, Cedar Hill Longhorns Roll on To Another Victory, 866 Additional COVID-19 Cases In Dallas County, Saying Goodbye To Mayor McCowan-Funeral Procession Route, Mansfield Unofficial Election Results: All 7 Propositions Pass, Possible Duncanville Drowning Victim Recovered, Identification Pending, Curtistene McCowan – So Much More Than Just DeSoto’s Mayor, Dallas Meteorologist Bitten By Rattlesnake In Cedar Hill, Missing Forney Woman And 2 Children Found Deceased, DeSoto Mayor McCowan Makes Stunning Announcement at Council Meeting. El Paso Bowie’s Robert Padilla is third at $144,044 while Katy’s Gary Joseph and Dickinson’s John Snelson are next in line with just over $138,000. “He was this big time recruit and I was a student, but we’ve continued to keep in touch,” Criss said. Duncanville’s Reginald Samples ($130,969) is the top paid coach in DFW. People assume he’s going to make $120,000 at Carroll. We’re just not a football coach, a lot of us are the athletic directors, and you’ll get the same interview with any coach in DFW, Austin, Houston or in San Antonio.”. The number of kids going to college has risen too. Wyatt High School to say, “You two together have made more money than I have in my lifetime.”. That commitment speaks volumes to Arlington ISD assistant superintendent Michael Hill. It’s a going rate for us.”. That prompted their father, Willie Criss, whose name is on the field house at O.D. 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Anthony is making $123,721 this season as the head football coach at Arlington Sam Houston, which is 13th most in Dallas-Fort Worth and tied with Martin’s Bob Wager for most among coaches in Tarrant County. Anthony’s first salary was $24,000 in 1987 at Wyatt when he was an assistant coach for football and baseball. “Just be patient and know that we’re dealing with 16-, 17- and 18-year old kids. The district serves four communities: the entire city of Duncanville and portions of Dallas, Cedar Hill, and DeSoto. Check out the Fort Worth area’s top high school volleyball leaders in kills, assists, digs, blocks and aces for the 2020 season. Coach Reginald Samples quickly established a winning culture with impressive record in 2017. Grade levels are divided into elementary, serving students in Pre-K through four; intermediate, serving grades five and six; middle school for students in grades seven and eight; and high school for students in ninth through twelfth grades. He reached as high as $55,000 after leaving his mark on the game and his student-athletes. Anthony just wrapped up his eighth season at Sam Houston and 32nd overall in the coaching game. The most important job for Samples is being a father figure. It’s about the job these coaches do. But in the end, if we do what we’re supposed to do in training them, as parents, as coaches, as adults, then the results will come,” said Samples. It did not take long for the young man to open up. Samples has been a head football coach for 25 years, but he said “coach” is … In six seasons at Dallas Skyline High School, Samples’ football teams won 19 playoff games and six straight district titles. A lot of things that break their hearts, I’ve had my heart broken. That’s what has meant the most to me,” he said. “It crazy to see our careers go. He’s helping meet the academic expectation here and is a great positive leader. Something else most people don’t know is coaching salaries are non-negotiable. They’ll say not one penny. I said I could see myself doing this and making an impact here rather than a normal 9 to 5.”. “What people don’t understand is I didn’t just become the head coach. He wants them to be successful not just in football, but in life.”. “I’ve seen the progression, dad has seen it. I started as a math teacher with six classes at Wyatt, and one year I had no off period,” Criss said. He’s not at six figures because he just started. “It’s been great to help mold kids to be better. You have to work your way up. He’s just not the AD, but he’s the biggest supporter for every athlete and every sport. I can remember when Sam Harrell was the $100,000 man then Art Briles and Randy Allen,” he said. “It’s been very fulfilling and I’ve loved every second of it.”. “He’s a leader on campus and has done a lot to change the culture here,” Sam Houston principal Fernando Benavides said. It’s more than the wins and losses,” Hill said. Criss was making $43,500 in 1997 as Wyatt’s head coach and athletic director. “It’s what Anthony has done for the community, coaches and players. In six seasons at Dallas Skyline High School, Samples’ football teams won 19 playoff games and six straight district titles. Look at Riley Dodge. “How much more did [Highland Park’s] Randy Allen make for winning two state titles, how much did [Carthage’s] Scott Surratt make for winning six state titles in 10 years? They went 3-7 this season. A lot of things they’ve gone through I went through. Anthony’s other son, Quinnin is an assistant at Wyatt along with Zachary’s son Meyer. DUNCANVILLE—Coach Reginald Samples is a winner. Samples also spends time practicing teenage psychology. “To see a glimmer of hope through athletics and a chance at a future – with some of them not even thinking about college before – now to help them and have an impact on their lives, it’s a great deal.”. Duncanville’s Reginald Samples ($130,969) is the top paid coach in DFW. “I’ve known Coach Criss for 18 years and the amount of work he’s put in to better the kids just speaks volumes on what he’s been able to do. “This is not because they’re all needed to complete the squad, but because being a part of the team is necessary to complete them,” he relates. Anthony and Zachary Criss took their parents out for their 56th anniversary not too long ago and, like any good sons, picked up the tab. “It’s about what you’re doing for young people. “I came back and my uncle needed some help so I helped out for a week and loved it,” Dominique said. Prior to arriving in Duncanville, Reginald Samples served as head football coach for 25 years in the Dallas Independent School district including nine years at Skyline High School. They, too, were told not to go into coaching. I just so happen to be the oldest and have been doing it the longest. The Skyline football team won six straight district titles. In 2018, the Duncanville Panthers, for the first time in 20 years, went to the State Championship finals game. Council PTA Board Meetings  (Council Board members, local PTA Presidents) are held from 8:30-9:15 am and Council PTA General Meetings (Council Board, local PTA Presidents, Principals, another PTA representative, open to public) are held from 9:30-10:30 am. Remember, Willie made barely over $200 in his first month on the job in 1961. “I saw how great the kids were and how much of an impact the coach has on them. “Dad won’t admit it, but he told us not to go into coaching,” Anthony said. “We’re going to turn the program around, he said. The Duncanville ISD Council PTA is made up of presidents over the campus PTA programs, campus principals, central office administrators, and PTA members who serve as Council Board members. Samples has been a head football coach for 25 years, but he said “coach” is not the primary position he plays on his team. While Dodge makes almost $30,000 more than Criss, their story goes back to 1981 when the two graduated from the University of Texas. One student posted a picture saying Coach Criss has made him into a better student, better player and better son. Get the week's most popular posts straight to your email inbox. This group also holds general monthly meetings. Lake Travis’ Hank Carter ($158,512) and Westlake’s Todd Dodge ($150,000) are the top paid coaches in the state. 972-708-2358 And it’s not all about how many plays you played or how much you participated,” Samples said. “When I was an athlete, I was raised for a long time in a one parent home. If paid by the hour, it was less than minimum wage. Please inquire at your child’s school for specific meeting dates, times,  and locations. To get that from 16, 17-year-olds just proves the impact he’s had here.”. During Samples’ time there, the Skyline football team participated in the state playoffs every year accumulating 19 playoff wins in six seasons. Anthony has reached that point in his career where he’s coaching kids of his former high school kids. The mission of Duncanville Independent School District is to provide each student with the necessary skills to achieve lifelong success and contribute to a global society. “I love seeing the kids and the coaches every day. “It’s what Anthony has done for the community, coaches and players. His first salary in Arlington was $68,000. Give it a try, you can unsubscribe anytime. Dates for the 2012-2013 school year will be posted soon. Reginald Samples 972-708-2358 rsamples@duncanvilleisd.org. Our graduation rate has gone up the last six years and Coach Criss is a big part of the team effort here at Sam Houston.”, “He was a big impact on me,” said his son Dominique, who is an assistant at North Crowley. They’ll start at the bottom. In addition, Panthers head football coach Reginald Samples was also issued one-year probation and will be suspended for the first game of the 2020 Texas high school football season. The district currently educates more than 12,800 students at 18 campuses: nine elementary, three intermediate, three middle schools, one high school, and two alternative campuses.