2021 Midland High Coaches

THAD FORTUNE
Head Coach

Coach Fortune is entering his 14th season of coaching and 1st at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Anson High School and East Texas Baptist University. Coach Fortune has a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Irvine. He previously coached at Stephenville High School, East Texas Baptist University, and Permian High School. Prior to being named the Head Coach at Midland High, Coach Fortune spent seven seasons as the Offensive Coordinator at Odessa Permian High School. Coach Fortune and his wife, Kristy, have two sons– Jack and Judson.

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KIRK THURMAN
Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs

Coach Thurman is entering his 25th season of coaching and 1st as Assistant Head Coach at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Midland Lee High School and West Texas A&M University. He previously coached at Abell Junior High School, Midland High School, Goddard Junior High School and Lubbock Estacado High School. Coach Thurman spent the previous 8 seasons coaching running backs at Permian High School. Coach Thurman and wife, Shunte, have two sons–Tyler and Khrisztian.

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STACEY MARTIN
Co-Defensive Coordinator, Safeties

Coach Martin is entering his 24th season of coaching and 1st as Co-Defensive Coordinator and Head Boys Track Coach at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Big Spring High School and Sul Ross State University. He previously served as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Coahoma, Alpine, Slaton and Luling High Schools. He has also served as the Defensive Coordinator and Head Boys Track Coach at Comanche High School and South San Antonio High School. Other coaching stops include Los Fresnos High School and Permian High School. Coach Martin and his wife Shelley have 3 children- McKenna, Aubrey, and Cason.

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ERIC JONAS
Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line

Coach Jonas is entering his 13th season of coaching as the Co-DefensiveCoordinator and Defensive Line Coach at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Abilene High School and Hardin-Simmons University. He began his coaching career at Bonham Middle School. The past seven years, Coach Jonas coached at Permian High School. He is married to Lindsay and has 3 children–Kinley, Londyn and Jax.

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PAUL MARTINEZ
Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line

Coach Martinez is entering his 7th season of coaching and 1st as the Offensive Coordinator at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Fort Stockton High School and Angelo State University. He has previously coached at Bonham Middle School and Permian High School. Coach Martinez and his wife, Jessica, have three children–Maddox, Matthew, and Mary Mae.

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HANK CUNNINGHAM
Wide Receivers

Coach Cunningham is entering his 9th season of coaching and 5th at Midland High
School. He is a graduate of Midland High and Texas State University. He is also the Varsity Assistant Coach for the Bulldog baseball program. Prior to Midland High, Coach Cunningham spent four years at Trinity in Midland. He and his wife, Jaci, have three sons–Jake, Hank Jr. and Jack.

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BRIAN CAMERON
Special Teams, Recruiting Coordinator, Inside Linebackers

Coach Cameron is entering his 8th season of coaching and 1st at Midland High School. A graduate of Arlington Martin and Texas State University, he earned his Master’s Degree from University of Texas at Austin. Previous coaching stops include Hays ISD and Permian High School. He is married to his wife, Lindsey.

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MIKE SADLER
Slots

Coach Sadler is entering 41st season of coaching and 16th at Midland High
School. He is a graduate of Pecos High School,Ranger Junior College and Sul Ross State University. He previously coached at Ector High School, Hood Jr. High School, Permian High School, Euless Trinity High School, Pecos High School, and Sharpstown High School. He is married to his wife, Margaret. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

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KYLE WOLFE
Cornerbacks

Coach Wolfle is entering his 7th season of coaching and 3rd at Midland High. He is a graduate of Amarillo High and Angelo State University. Prior to Midland High,Coach Wolfle coached at Odessa High. Coach Wolfle and his wife, Jimena, have one son– Luca.

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BRANDON SMITH
Tight Ends

Coach Smith is entering his 5th season of coaching and 2nd at Midland High School.
He is a graduate of Spearman High School and West Texas A&M University. Prior to Midland High School, Coach Smith coached at Canyon High School. Coach Smith is pictured with Kelsey Dove.

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ERIC CHAVEZ
Safeties

Coach Chavez is entering his 9th season of coaching and his 1st season at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Big Spring High School and Texas Tech University. Previous coaching stops include Tulia and Permian High School. Coach Chavez and his wife, Britanee, have one daughter–Isabella.

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CHAD HEAD
Slots

Coach Head is beginning his 1st season at Midland High. He is a graduate of Athens High School, Austin College, and Tarleton State University. Previous coaching stops include Tarleton State University as Director of Football Operations. Coach Head recently became engaged to his fiance, Emma.

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DANE BURK
Outside Linebackers

Coach Burk is beginning his 1st season at Midland High. A graduate of Yoakum High
School and Texas Tech University, he earned his Master’s Degree from Arizona
State University. He previously coached at Lubbock Roosevelt, Arlington Seguin,
Lake Worth, Comal Canyon, Lampasas High School and Rice University. He is
married to his wife, Kimberley.

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T.J. TURNER
FRESHMAN COORDINATOR, DEFENSIVE BACKS

Coach Turner is beginning his 18th season of coaching and 7th at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Permian High School and the University of Mary HardinBaylor, where he played football for the Crusaders for 4 years. Previous coaching stops include Westwood High School, Nimitz Junior High and Permian High School. Coach Turner has one daughter– Nadia.

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SEAN MERRICK
Ofensive Coordinator

Coach Merrick is entering his 10th season of coaching and 3rd at Midland High
School. Coach Merrick is a graduate of Monahans High School and Concordia
University. He has previously coached at Monahans High School.

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CODY WHITE
Linebackers

Coach White is entering his 3rd season at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Huffman Hargrave High School and Texas Tech University.

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CHRIS RAPP
Wide Receivers

Coach Rapp is entering his 5th season of coaching and 2nd at Midland High School. He is a graduate of New Braunfels High School and Angelo State University, where he was the student assistant for the Ram baseball team for 4 years. He previously coached at London High school, Johnson City High School and St. Paul American School, Beijing.

IVAN DENHARTOG
Defensive Line

Coach DenHartog is entering his 1st season at Midland High School. He is a graduate of Leander High School, Baylor University, and the University of Missouri. He previously coached at Trinity Episcopal School of Austin, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Gateway Charter High School, Clewiston High School and Moore Haven Junior High School. Coach DenHartog and his wife, Sierra, have one son– Judah.