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2020-01-30 Robert E. Lee High School Head Football Coach Approved by Tyler ISD

Coach Willis TYLER - The Tyler ISD board of trustees approved Tyler ISD Athletic Director Greg Priest's recommendation of Joe Willis as the new head football coach for Robert E. Lee High School at a special called board meeting Thursday afternoon.

Coach Willis comes to Tyler ISD from Colleyville Heritage, where he was the head football coach and boys athletic coordinator. Coach Willis has 28 years of experience and 11 years of experience as a head coach. Coach Willis has a 99-42 head coaching record with a 2012 State Championship and a State runner-up finish in 2014. While at Colleyville Heritage, Coach Willis had a 40-22 record and has taken them to the state quarterfinals twice, once in 2016 and again in 2019.

“I am excited to have Joe Willis as the new head football coach at Robert E. Lee,” Priest said. “During our search, we were looking for a proven winner, someone with energy, and someone with a vision for building a program at all levels. Coach Willis checked all of those boxes and we look forward to him leading the Red Raider program."

coach willis family Coach Willis comes to Tyler along with his wife, Amber, and children, Bradley, Daniel, and Malia. 

“My family and I are excited to join Tyler ISD and Tyler Lee as their Head Football Coach and Campus Coordinator,” Willis said. “I am looking forward to being a part of a new and exciting vision that is centered on serving and preparing our young people for the many challenges of today’s competitive world. I believe in the standard of providing an unmatched educational experience for the young people at Lee, and I can’t wait to attack that mission by collaborating with faculty and staff to create a culture of competitive excellence and championship behaviors both on and off the field.”

Coach Willis’ official start date with the District will be February 6. Media interviews with Coach Willis can be arranged through the Communications Department after his start date.