To incorporate a track metaphor, Adam Cook handed the baton to Marcus Gold.
Cook was the head football coach for the Whitehouse Wildcats from 2013 through 2017. Whitehouse Athletic Director Randy Copeland, who replaced Richard Peacock in August 2015, retired at the end of the 2017-2018 school year and Cook took over the athletic director duties for the Whitehouse Independent School District.
Gold took over the reins as the head coach of the Wildcats to start the 2018 football schedule. Gold became the defensive coordinator at the start of the 2016 football season and his defensive vision made an immediate positive impact.
During his five seasons as head football coach, Cook posted a 31-24 record or a .563 winning percentage in 55 games. Only former head coach Randy McFarlin had a better record for a .566 winning percentage, though McFarlin coached for 102 games from 2004 through 2012.
With a 6-5 record in 2017, Cook had three winning seasons. He finished 5-5 in 2014 and his only losing season was a 2-8 mark in 2015. Cook guided the Wildcats to five playoff games, and he finished with a 2-3 mark. Cook also posted the best overall season mark in Whitehouse history with 12 wins in the 2013 season. McFarlin’s best mark was 10 wins, though he achieved that plateau three times, including his final season in 2012.
Cook, whose focus for the program was respect, unity and accountability, had several players advance to play football at the college level.
For the past 26 football seasons, Whitehouse posted a combined 130-149 record for a .465 winning percentage. Following Cook and McFarlin for winning percentage, Jim Burch coached from 1994 through 1997 and recorded a .523 winning percentage in 42 games. In order, Kyle Burch (1998-2001) had a .350 winning percentage (40 games); Buddy Ray (2002-2003) a .200 winning percentage (20 games); and Mike Crow a .050 winning percentage (20 games).
Gold elevated Evan Beaton to the defensive coordinator position and hired Akeem Leviston as the new offensive coordinator for the Wildcats. Gold and his staff will begin the new season with a new schedule following the University Interscholastic League’s realignment in February.
Whitehouse will compete in District 9-5A, Division II for football. Gold and the Wildcats will scrimmage at Kaufman Friday, Aug. 17, at a time to be announced. The second scrimmage will be with Joshua at the A.C. Middle School in Mesquite. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, for the varsity teams.
The scrimmages will be preparation for the 2018 season, which will begin with Henderson at home on Friday, Aug. 31. All varsity games will start at 7:30 p.m.
Gold will be able to rely on a strong nucleus to start the season after the Wildcats advanced to the State 7-on-7 Championships which will be played Thursday through Saturday, June 28 through 30, at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex, 3101 Harvey Road, in College Station.