Bulldogs get new football coach/athletic director

From Gary Pina ('74)

   Coach Jamie McGee has a message for the Bulldog faithful. “Be patient. Change is coming.”

     Coach McGee comes to North Dallas after two years at Pinkston, where he was the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant head coach.

     “I think it was a combination of being ready at the right time at the right place,” said McGee, who was selected April 19 by Ms. Townsend and her staff.

    “I think the school is going through a transition with the new building and new people. There’s a air of something different about to happen. People are excited.”

     McGee takes over a football program that went 1-9 the last two years under coach Sonny Perez, and hasn’t had a winning season since 2001.

    “The big thing to turning around a program is setting a foundation.” McGee said. “... Sometimes people get lost, and they don’t go along with the progress. They get left on the side. You have to build a foundation where kids start to understand what it takes to win. They need to get a taste of winning.”

     Of course, the Bulldogs play in District 10-4A with the likes of Woodrow, Lincoln and Spruce. “They didn’t do us any favors,” McGee said. “If we can get some early wins in non-district, we can build some confidence heading into district.

      “I like the role of being the underdog. Sometimes you get overlooked and you can sneak up on them.”

     McGee also takes over the duties of athletic director from Ms. Henry, who will remain at North Dallas as the Female Coordinator.

      “The athletic director will be making sure we meet the needs of each program, male and female,” McGee said. “We have to make sure they have what they need to be successful.”

   Ms. Henry said, “We are excited about the new AD/football coach. He brings with him a lot of experience. I will work closely with him and assist him with all the duties as he makes his transition in to a new position.”
      McGee started his coaching career at Duncanville High (1996-97); followed by Bryan Adams High (1997-98); Wilmer-Hutchins High (1998-99); Bishop Lynch Catholic High (1999-2000); Fort Worth Wyatt (2000-04); and then Pinkston (2004-06).

      “I think I’ve learned a lot at every coaching stop whether it was successful or not. Each stop laid the bricks in the foundation.

Profile on Jamie D. McGee

Personal:

Born in Lubbock, grew up in Oklahoma, now resides in Crandall

wife, two children (son Jaedon & daughter Caela)

BA in English from The University of Central Oklahoma 1995

Coaching Experience:

Pinkston High School 2004-2006- Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator

Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt 2000-2004- Off. Coordinator

Bishop Lynch 1999-2000- Passing Game Coordinator

Wilmer- Hutchins 1998-1999- Offensive Coordinator

Bryan Adams 1997-1998- Receivers Coach

Duncanville 1996-1997 Running Back Coach

 What new Bulldogs Coach Jamie McGee has to say ...

On his first job at Duncanville High School:  “So when right out of college, I was offered a varsity staff position in Duncanville. I knew it was a terrific opportunity. The chance to work for winning coach Bob Alpert, and to be a part of a winning tradition at Duncanville High School was truly exciting. Texas High School Football was now in my blood ... there’s nothing like it.”

On getting his high school education: “Although athletics kept me continously busy during adolescence, I worked hard to be sure my academic studies never fell short. I was honored to receive a High School Achievement Award from the University of Oklahoma during my senior year.”

On college:  Upon graduation, I entered Southeastern Oklahoma State University on a partial academic scholarship and played on the SEOSU football team. After changing my major from Business to Education, I transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma where I had the opportunity to play for the UCO football team.   

    “After two years of football, I took a full-time job and carried a full academic schedule as well. At UCO I acted on the advice of an academic counselor and shifted my focus to English as a concentration for my BA. I have always enjoyed the historical aspect of literature and the creative aspect of poetry. Stretching my own creative power, I composed several poems and was fortunate to have three published in the UCO English Society Publication.”