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Jeff Joseph helped take the Westlake defense to another level this year as the Chaparral football team reached the state semifinals.

Now, Joseph is looking to advance his career further after he landed an opportunity to help out at Texas A&M University with the defensive side of the football program, leaving the defensive coordinator position vacant at Westlake for the time being.

The Chaps were a dominant defensive group when it mattered most, putting together excellent efforts during district play and throughout Westlake’s four playoff wins under Joseph’s guidance as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

The 30-year-old coach didn’t plan to leave Westlake, but once a chance to work at his alma mater came about, he had to make the move. Joseph said goodbye to his former players and coaching partners at Westlake’s football banquet over the weekend and then made the drive to College Station Sunday. He hasn’t quite learned his duties yet in his quality control position, but that will likely sort itself out this week.

“It happened pretty fast,” Joseph said. “I’m not sure what all I’ll be doing, a lot of game plan video stuff mostly, working with the defensive staff.”

Joseph was at Westlake for three seasons, earning a promotion to the defensive coordinator position for the 2011 season, and he also served as the assistant power lifting coach at Westlake.

“It was pretty tough because I liked my job, and I liked the kids,” Joseph said. “I got to coach a lot; it was a great place. This was a good opportunity with a pretty good staff and team that’s up and coming.”

Previously, Joseph went to Texas A&M and received a business administration degree in 2005 before going on to coach at Katy High School, where he attended and played football in consecutive state title games in 1999-2000. Joseph also had a stint at Katy Seven Lakes before coming to Westlake.

Joseph hadn’t envisioned returning to Texas A&M or joining the college ranks until this chance came.

“Nope, I never really was interested,” he said. “I really was excited about being a high school coach. It’s what I wanted to do. This opportunity came up, and it wasn’t something I was ready to pass up.”

The Chaps came close to losing another coach as well last week. Associate head coach Ted Willman was one of three finalists for the Odessa Permian football head coaching job, which ultimately went to former Hays coach Blake Feldt.

Willmann previously worked at Permian with current Westlake coach Darren Allman and then came to Westlake along with Allman back in 2009. Willmann was an assistant at Permian from 2005-08 along with Matt Anastasio, who was also a finalist for the Permian head coaching gig and is currently the coach at Gregory-Portland.

Anastasio also came to Westlake along with Willmann and Allman, and after being defensive coordinator for two seasons Anastasio moved on to Gregory-Portland’s head coaching spot.

Willmann also works as Westlake’s offensive line coach along with his associate head coaching duties.

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  1. keith says:

    This guy was more responsible for the improvement of the WHS football program than anyone as the defense was the reason the team made it to State semi finals and he will be sorely missed. Hopefully, Allman will pursue another young and energetic coach to replace him.

  2. Tradition says:

    @keith – You are so right, our defense is what got us so far. This is a huge loss to WHS but a win for the Aggies. Another Joseph moves from Westlake on to much bigger and better things.

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