Former Dallas Cowboys practice squad QB hired as high school head coach

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by Jeff Fisher

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Former NFL QB Richard Bartel has been hired as the new head coach at Southwest Christian School. Photo courtesy of Southwest Christian School.

Richard Bartel, who was the Dallas Cowboys practice squad quarterback in 2008, is the new head football coach at Southwest Christian School.

Bartel, who also had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins, played his high school football at Grapevine High School, where he also was an excellent baseball player.  He was drafted in the 14th round of Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of high school and spent three seasons pitching in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system before returning to college to play football.  He restarted his football career at SMU, but transferred to Tarleton State for his final two years.

Previously Bartel was an assistant at Prestonwood Christian and Argyle Liberty.  He’s the second former Cowboys’ QB to become a head coach in Texas in the last week.  Jon Kitna took over the Waxahachie program after leaving his alma mater in Washington State.


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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.