Dan Sherwood named head football coach at Randall High School

Caprock head coach Dan Sherwood has been named the next head football coach at Randall, Canyon ISD announced on Monday. Sherwood replaces Gaylon Selman, who announced his retirement last month.

Sherwood, a native of Amarillo and a two-sport star at Amarillo High, spent his playing days at West Texas A&M after spending one year at Baylor after high school. In early 2014 at the age of 27, and with just three years of coaching experience, he was named the head coach at Amarillo Caprock, where he replaced Seth Parr.

In nine seasons, he's kept long-struggling Caprock consistently in the playoff chase as the Longhorns made four playoff appearances in his tenure. The high-water mark was in 2018 when he led CHS to a 42-17 bi-district win over El Paso Eastlake, just the second playoff win in school history and the first since 1975; Caprock finished that season with an 8-4 record.

Long considered one of the state’s most underrated coaches, Sherwood is known in the Texas Panhandle for doing more with less. Aside from Caprock’s bi-district playoff win in 2018, there’s been several other near misses in the playoffs as Caprock lost by a single point in the 2021 bi-district playoffs and, in 2015 as nearly 30-point underdogs to Abilene Cooper, Caprock gave the Cougars all they wanted in a 45-43 loss in the first round of the playoffs.

In 2022, Sherwood was recognized by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as a 40 Under 40 Coach, which recognized the state’s top young head coaches under the age of 40.

Sherwood takes over a Canyon Randall program in transition. With Canyon ISD opening West Plains High, which is the district’s third high school in 2022, much of Randall’s former attendance zone now attends WPHS. This caused Randall to drop from Class 5A to 4A in the 2022 UIL realignment. Despite the Raiders posting a 9-4 mark a year ago, 2023 is expected to be a challenging year as this will be the first year that the impacts of West Plains will truly be felt at the varsity level.
Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher is the editor and publisher of High Plains Pundit. Dan is also the host of the popular High Plains Pundit Podcast.

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