Westlake (Texas) promotes Tony Salazar to replace Todd Dodge as the program’s head coach

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There’s no surprise that Westlake’s new head coach is Tony Salazar, who has served as the program’s defensive coordinator. The reason it’s no surprise is because the Chaparral’s former leader Todd Dodge told High School Football America co-founder Jeff Fisher, at the end of last year, that Coach Salazar would be the man to follow in his footsteps.

Coach Dodge talked about Salazar on the High School Football America Podcast that honored him as our 2021 National Football Coach of the Year.

You can listen to that interview by pushing the play button below.

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Coach Dodge, who announced before the season that this year would be his last, closed-out an incredible coaching career earlier this month by leading Westlake to its third straight Texas high school football championship. The title was the seventh overall for Dodge, who also won four at Southlake Carroll.

Westlake ended 2021 ranked No. 2 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football.

Dodge won 233 games in 23 years as a high school football coach. He goes into retirement on a 40-game win streak, which is the third longest active streak in America by a public school.

The 39-year old Salazar has been at Westlake since 2014.

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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.