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2016-17 Coaches

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Dane Johnson

Head Coach - 16th Season

Coach Johnson joins EMS ISD’s coaching staff from Flower Mound ISD where he served as the head football coach and campus coordinator for Flower Mound High School for four years. Johnson’s coaching career began in 2000 as the secondary coach at Allen High School winning 40 games in four seasons.  During his time at Allen, Coach Johnson helped lead the Eagles to three district championships and a state semi-finalist showing. In 2004, he joined the Hebron coaching staff as the Defensive Coordinator for five seasons winning a combined total of 55 games.  While at Hebron, Dane had the privilege of being a part of five district championships and the 2005 Class 4A State Championship title. In 2009, Coach Johnson took his first head coaching position and was charged with the re-opening of Boerne High School.  In the second varsity season, he took Boerne to the playoffs for the first time in four years - the fifth playoff appearance in the school’s history.

As an alumnus of Southlake Carroll High School, Coach Johnson was a four-sport letterman with two state championships for football in 1992 and 1993, one state championship for basketball in 1993 and a state finalist in the mile relay in 1993.  Dane excelled as a Dragon in a way only one word can describe - champion.  Johnson established himself as a hometown hero and legend in ways no one else in the school’s illustrious history has been able to match.  In fact, he was the first Southlake Carroll alumni to be inducted into the school district’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.  Due to his success in football at Carroll, he earned First Team All-State honors in 1992 and 1993 and received a scholarship to play football at Texas Tech University.    

At Texas Tech, where Coach Johnson received his Bachelor’s in Political Science, he was a four year letterman. He helped claim the SWC championship in 1994 and finished third in the nation in punt return yards in 1995. Coach Johnson was named as a First Team All-Southwest Conference Selection two years in a row, First Team All-Big XII and name All-American in 1997. As a Red Raider, Dane also played in three bowl games.  Additionally, he participated in the East West Shrine All Star and Hula Bowl All Star games. After graduating from Tech, Coach Johnson joined the staff of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a Regional Development Director in the Houston area.  

 Dane and his wife, Jill, have been married for 15 years.  Together they have two children: son Samuel, 11, and daughter Selah, 8. Both children are active in a wide variety of sports and enjoy spending time outdoors.  Coach Johnson’s wife, Jill, is a Registered Nurse who is currently a stay-at-home mom. 



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Jason Crawford

Offensive Coordinator - 20th Season

Jason Crawford is in his 18th year of teaching and coaching.  Crawford coaches the running backs and serves as the Offensive Coordinator for Rough Riders spread offense.  He is also the Head Coach of the Rough Riders Girl's Track and Field program.

Prior to coming to Saginaw, Crawford worked in Birdville ISD, Lake Worth ISD, and Wichita Falls ISD.  He has coached receivers, running backs, quarterbacks, secondary, and linebackers.

Born in Houston, Texas, Crawford graduated from Richland High School before completing his Bachelor’s degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

Jason has been married to Tamela for six years. He has four children: Ashleigh (16), Emily (13), Kalon (5), and Dawson (3). 


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Dale Gilbreath

Assisant Coach - Wide Receivers - 30th Season

Dale Gilbreath is an Assistant Football Coach and Head Powerlifting Coach at Saginaw High School.  He is a 1983 graduate of Bovina High School.  He went on to get his Bachelor of Science in Education from West Texas State University in 1997. 

Coach Gilbreath taught and coached at Muleshoe ISD (1988-1990), Crosbyton ISD (1990-1997), Andrews ISD (1997-2008), ECISD (2008-2012), Saginaw High School (2012-Present).  Dale currently teaches Economics. 

He has served as an Assistant Coach, Offensive/Defensive Coordinator and Head Coach and says "I have also been fortunate to be a part of several playoff teams"..

Most importantly, Dale is the proud father of three great kids:  Kaitlyn, who is in graduate school at Texas Tech, Korbin who is a senior at Texas A&M, and Kyler who is also a senior at Texas A&M.




Koby Page

Assisant Coach - Wide Receivers - 7th Season

Coach Koby Page is in his fifth year of coaching, all five years have been at Saginaw High School.  Coach Page is currently the Varsity (outside) Receivers Coach, Junior Varsity Baseball Coach, and Freshman Basketball A Team Coach. 

Coach Page grew up in the big West Texas town of Lamesa.  He graduated from Lamesa High School in 2002.  Coach Page began his collegiate career at Collin County Community College (Plano, TX) on a baseball scholarship, went on to Delta State University (Cleveland, MS) on a football scholarship, and ended up finishing his degree at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. 

Coach Page is married to Brandi, who works at Lockheed Martin.  They have an awesome nine month old son who has completely taken over their world! 

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AJ Gutierrez

Assistant Coach - Offensive Line - 3rd Season

A.J. Gutierrez begins his second coaching stint alongside Mike Peters and his first as offensive line coach at Saginaw High School.

A.J. Gutierrez returns to the familiarity of Saginaw, Texas where he attended Saginaw High School, and played football under head coaches Mike Lebby and Chris Wilde. He returns to Saginaw from Tarleton State where he attained a bachelor degree of science in Kinesiology.

The Saginaw, Texas, native played on the offensive line for Tarleton from 2010-2012 and served as the assistant defensive line coach for the Tarleton Texans in 2013 and enjoyed a successful year with a LSC conference championship.

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Alan Burns

Assistant Coach - 33rd Season

Alan Burns is in his 31st year of education, the last eight years being at Saginaw High School. Coach Burns is a Freshman Football Coach and an Assistant Track Coach. During this time, he has been the Lead Physics Teacher and has taught Biology. Prior to moving to Saginaw, Alan’s experiences include Colleyville Heritage High School, Killeen Ellison High School, and Luling High School.

Coach Burns has a Masters of Education in Administration from Tarleton State University and Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.

Alan grew up in Baytown, Texas, where he graduated. He is married to Christine. They have two daughters, Alexa and Eryn. Alexa is currently in the nursing program at the University of Arkansas and Eryn is a junior in high school.

Jamie Carter

Assistant Coach - 17th Season

 Coach Carter played football at the University of Alabama for the Crimson Tide, where he was a four-year letterman and a member of the 1999 Southeastern Conference championship team.  He played in three bowl games at Alabama - the Outback Bowl following the 1996 season, the Music City Bowl following the 1997 season and the Orange Bowl following the 1999 season.  After college, Coach Carter continued his football career in the National Football League for the New York Giants, 2000 and the Dallas Cowboys, 2001 as Defensive Tackle. 

Carter spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL, where he served as the tight ends coach and the strength and conditioning coordinator. He previously coached the defensive line at Marietta College in Ohio and John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham.  Most recently he spent the next three seasons at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL as the Co-Defensive Coordinator.  He worked closely with the Eagles' defensive lineman.  Carter helped turnaround Faulkner’s football program going from statically the worst defense in the country, to top 10 in the country in NAIA winning back to back Mid-South Conference Championships.  Carter’s last two seasons the Eagles ended with post season play with a 9-3 record. 

Carter earned degree in Health Studies from the University of Alabama in 1999. He and his wife Roshand have three children - Nikeem, age 18, Jada, age 12 and Miyah, age 8.

Danny Jones

Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Justin McDaniel

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Wayne Childs

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Robert Johnson

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Zach Redden

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Casey Frost

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Craig Coheley

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Chris Carter

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