The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees approved Tyler ISD Athletic Director Greg Priest's recommendation of Kurt Traylor as the new head football coach for Robert E. Lee High School at a special called board meeting Monday afternoon.
Coach Traylor comes to Tyler ISD from Gilmer, where he was assistant football coach serving as offensive line and running game coordinator for 17 years. During his time at Gilmer, the football team claimed three state championships (2014, 2009, 2004) and reached the championship finals in 2012 and 2007. In the 2014 championship run, Gilmer scored 950 points, ranking as the 2nd highest scoring team in Texas history.
“I am excited to have Kurt Traylor as the new head football coach at Robert E. Lee,” Priest said. “During our search, it was clear Coach Traylor was the right fit for the job. He is an East Texas guy with great passion for the game and a strong work ethic. Our goal was to get someone who could not only successfully lead the football program, but understood the importance of building relationships with the middle schools, faculty, staff and most importantly the community.”
Coach Traylor has received many accolades from notable high school and college coaches, including the following:
“Kurt is one of the best football coaches that I’ve had the opportunity to coach against,” Scott Surratt, head football coach at Carthage ISD, said. “He is a great motivator, has a great mind for the game of football, and will do great as the head football coach at Tyler Lee.”
“I’ve known Kurt for many years and consider him to be one of the brightest minds in the business,” Chad Morris, head football coach at Southern Methodist University said. “His ability to develop young men into leaders is what sets him apart from others. His reputation across our State for the type of person he is and the programs he has been associated with is as good as anyone I’ve known. There is no doubt that Coach Traylor is ready for this new challenge and his players will be ready for any endeavor they will encounter both on and off the field.”
“Kurt Traylor is one of the most loyal and hardworking coaches I have ever had to pleasure of working with,” SMU associate head coach, Jeff Traylor, added. “His teams will be as prepared for life as they will be on the field. I can’t wait for Tyler to get to know Kurt, Katie, Allie, Rylie, Will and Kole.”
“Kurt Traylor, who I worked with at Texas A&M, is as good as I have ever been around,” JB Grimes, offensive line coach at University of Connecticut and former offensive line coach at Texas A&M, said. “No one knows Texas high school football as well as he does and certainly no one knows East Texas and the brand of football that is played there better. He is a great student of the game and one the finest innovators offensively as I have ever seen in high school and college. He will always be on the cutting edge scheme wise, and he has a great understanding of how to run a top rate high school program. He will create great relationships with his players, but also has the personality to train them as well. He is a proven winner many times over. Tyler Lee is getting a great teacher, a great coach and great family man in Kurt.”
Coach Traylor’s official start date with the District will be June 12. Media interviews can be arranged with Coach Traylor through the Communications Department after his start date.