He changed the defensive strategy for the Whitehouse football program for the past two seasons and now he will have the opportunity to put his stamp on “everything Whitehouse football.”
At the monthly board meeting Monday, April 9, the Whitehouse Independent School District Board of Trustees selected Marcus Gold as the new head football coach for the Wildcats.
Gold replaces Adam Cook, who recently assumed the duties as the athletic director for WISD. Cook guided the Wildcats football program from 2013 through 2017 with an overall record of 31-24, including back-to-back 6-5 records the past two seasons.
“It’s a blessing and an unbelievable opportunity,” Gold said. “It’s the best job in East Texas.”
Gold became the defensive coordinator of the Whitehouse football program just before the start of the 2016 season. He had an immediate impact on the Wildcats with a take-charge style of coaching that translated to a much more successful defense.
“We are excited to have coach Gold leading our football program here in Whitehouse,” Cook said in a news release. “He has done an outstanding job of coordinating our defense the past two seasons and our teams have improved greatly with his leadership and influence.”
The season before Gold took over as the defensive coordinator, Whitehouse allowed an average of 42.5 points per football game. During his first season, the Wildcats allowed an average of 21.9 points per game. Last season the defense allowed an average of about 24 points per contest.
“Coach Gold possesses a great passion for the game of football and he recognizes the opportunities that it creates to teach our young athletes about life,” Cook said. “I look forward to watching our student-athletes, which includes my own son, Sam, develop as football players and young men under coach Gold.”
Gold said Evan Beaton will take over as the defensive coordinator. Beaton was the defensive line coach for the Wildcats. Gold also said Whitehouse will continue to run a standard 4-2-5 defense that includes timely stunts and blitzes.
“We will blend in some of his ideas with mine,” Gold said of Beaton.
Gold’s experience includes playing as a defensive cornerback for Mike Sherman, who was the head football coach for Texas A&M from 2008 through 2011 and who coached for several professional football teams, including Seattle, Green Bay, Houston and Miami.
Gold also coached the Ennis eighth grade team that went on to win the State championship as seniors, and he coached the secondary while at Wylie East and Irving High School.
As the defensive coordinator, Gold set a high standard for his own work.
“I hold myself accountable. It’s up to the coaches to put the kids in the best position to win,” he said prior to his first season at Whitehouse.
Gold introduced “Hawk” tackling for the Whitehouse players, a method instituted by the National Football League in training defensive players to use their shoulders and not their heads or helmets to make a tackle for effectiveness and safety.
As the Whitehouse head coach, Cook was not only successful on the field, he also promoted a high level of respect among the players and the coaching staff. Gold said he will rely heavily on the experience Cook has as a coach.
“He’s a great man. I would be foolish if I didn’t take 30 seconds to walk down the hallway to get his advice.”
The Wildcats will face a season of firsts in 2018, including a new head coach, a new district and a new practice facility (scheduled to be completed in July).