Uvalde Coyote Football Records and Coaches

This is from a special supplement to the Uvalde Leader News called "2007-2008 Football Preview"

Uvalde's all-time record in High School varsity football is 522 wins, 316 losses, and 44 ties. In 1972 the Coyotes enjoyed a perfect season as they posted a 15-0 record and claimed the state Class 3A football championship. Since 1972 the Coyotes have rolled up a record of 232 wins, 138 losses and 10 ties. Originally, the school colors were green and white. They later were changed to red and white. In 1933 they were changed to Maroon and white. Uvalde is one of nine public high schools in the state that use the Coyote as their mascot. UHS used the dictionarys' second pronunciation of the word Coyote, ki-ot, while most of the other schools use the first pronunciation, ki-o-te.

Winningest coaches remembered

Through the years, some outstanding coaches have directed the Coyotes in football. Two of the winningest coaches in UHS football history were the late Marvin Gustafson and the late John Ferrara.

Gustafson, who coached UHS from 1965 to 1972, holds the record for the most coaching victories. His teams compliled a record of 66 wins, 19 losses and 2 ties' for a winning percentage of .759. Coach Gus' 1972 Coyotes won the Class 3A football championship. They beat Lewisville, 33-28, in the state title game. Gus went on to coach in SA and later served as AD for the Northside ISD before retiring. Gustafson died in 1996, following several years of poor health.To honor Gus for his many years of service to NISD, the district named Northside Stadium in honor of him. It is known as C. Marvin Gustafson Stadium.

John Ferrara coached at UHS for five seasons, from 1976 to 1980, but in that time his teams won 35 games, lost 13 and played to 4 ties, for a winnging percentage of .673 to place him third on the all-time winnig list.

Tommy Watkins coached from 1981 to 1986. He ranks as the second winningest coach in UHS football history with a six year record of 48 wins, 14 losses and 2 ties for a .750 winning percentage. Before he retired, Watkins ranked second in the state among active coaches in football wins.

Rounding out the top 5 list of winningest coaches of all-time are Orville Etheridge and Jimmy Green.

Etheridge, who coached for UHS from 1945 to 1949, led the Coyotes to a 25-12-1 record for a winning percentage of .658. His Coyote teams were the first to play in the present day Honey Bowl. Etherridge's 1949 Coyotes rolled up an 11-1-1 season record and advanced to the stated semifinals, before losing a 7-6 playoff decision to Mexia.

Green holds the UHS record for having been head football coach for the longest period of time, from 1930 to 1939. His teams rolled up a record of 63-25-9 to give him a winning percentage of .650 for that period. His 1935 club went undefeated in the regular season and posted a 20-6 regional playoff victory over Junction.

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