Dayton ISD welcomes new assistant athletic director

Dayton ISD’s board of trustees formally welcomed new Bronco Head Football Coach/Assistant Athletic Director Blake Ware at the board’s meeting on Jan. 21.  Ware comes with nine years of head coaching experience and a total of 24 years of experience. Ware is passionate about coaching young people and helping them both on the field and in the classroom.

Ware comes from New Caney High School where he was the offensive coordinator. He was part of the Eagles’ successful football program, which included 2016-2019 5A Division I District Champs, Bi-District Champs, Area Finalists and 2015 Bi-District Finalists. Prior to this, he was head football coach for St. Pius X High School where his team was in the playoffs for three consecutive years. 

Pictured left to right are Dayton ISD Trustee Chris Shumaker, Trustee C.D. Williams, AD Jeff Nations, Coach Blake Ware, Board President Dr. Luke Chachere, Trustee Kerri Bartee, Board Vice-President Linda Harris, Supt. Dr. Jessica Johnson and Board Secretary Josh Day.

Ware was the offensive coordinator for the TAPPS Division I State Champions, finalist for the 2012 Touchdown Club of Houston Coach of the Year and one of 16 coaches selected from across the nation to coach in the Under Amour All American Game.

Ware comes with a vision for Dayton to increase participation in athletics, increase multi-sport athletes, build community relations and to ensure the students are working to obtain high academic performance. 

“I believe that it is our job as an athletic program to ensure that our athletes obtain an excellent education while providing the opportunity for them to develop their character and leadership skills,” Ware said.

His goal for Dayton is to work at advancing towards the state playoffs, getting back on top of the district, and celebrating and enhancing the traditions of Dayton football.

“While I want the Broncos to win, it will be a process of consistency in all areas.  Winning will be a by-product of doing things the right way,”  he said, adding that he believes an outstanding football program requires the involvement of the community as well as the faculty and staff. 

“My family and I are very excited to become a part of the Dayton community.  The tradition in Dayton and the way that the community loves their Broncos fires me up.  I look forward to getting to work and taking on the challenges ahead to give Dayton a program that will represent the school and community with pride,” he said.

Dr. Jessica Johnson, superintendent, introduced Coach Ware at Tuesday’s board meeting. The Dayton ISD Trustees had time to visit with him during executive session. Afterwards, Athletic Director Jeff Nations welcomed him and presented him with a Bronco cap.

“I am excited about the future of Bronco football.  I believe that Coach Ware will have an immediate impact on not just our players but our coaching staff and community as well.  We want to welcome his family into our Bronco family,” Nations said.

Superintendent Johnson also added, “We welcome Coach Ware and his family.  We are so excited about them coming to Dayton ISD and to our community!  We are looking forward to a great future for our Bronco football program. Go Broncos!”

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