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.