Kurt Traylor, offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Gilmer High School, is the the new Robert E. Lee High School football coach.
Traylor, brother of SMU assistant coach, was approved by the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees during Monday’s meeting at the Plyler Administration Building.
Kurt Traylor’s offensive lines have been a big part of helping Gilmer to three state championships, two other finals appearances and 15 district championships. He has served as an assistant at Gilmer under Jeff Traylor and current coach Matt Turner.
The Buckeyes reached the Class 4A Division II state semifinals the last two seasons and won a 4A Division II championship in 2014.
Kurt Traylor’s coaching career began at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant. The Gilmer High graduate worked as an assistant coach under Danny Long at Jacksonville High School prior to returning to his GHS under his brother.
Jeff Traylor tweeted earlier Monday, “Couldn’t be more proud for @KurtTraylor for being named Head Coach at Tyler Lee. Most loyal hard working dude ever!”
John Tyler head football coach Ricklan Holmes tweeted about the new Lee coach.
“Welcome to Tyler @KurtTraylor, glad to have you here. Since I love your brother @CoachTraylor then I should like you also...Lol#WeAllFamily.”
Traylor replaces Clayton George who resigned on May 24 after one season as coach of the Red Raiders.
REL will have its fourth head coach since Mike Owens departure in 2010. Owens also left after the spring season with assistant Randy Huffstickler named interim for the 2011 season before Tyler ISD hired Darrell Piske.
Piske’s contract was not renewed in 2015 with George coming to REL after helping to lead Southlake Carroll in two separate stints as offensive coordinator to state championships (2002, 2011) before being named Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 by the National Football Federation Gridiron Club of Dallas.