David Nanez, a 1982 graduate of North Mesquite High School, was an outstanding distance runner both as a junior and senior. His efforts proved successful as his cross country team qualified for state during his junior year, and became district champions his senior year. His team would ultimately place third at regionals and 11th at State.
After high school, David attended the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating in 1991. Since 1997, he served students in the Garland ISD as a teacher and coach, first at Coyle Middle School and later at Rowlett High School. Under Nanez’ direction, Coyle Middle School’s track team became city champions in 1997 and 1998. While David coached at Coyle only two years, he still holds a record for coaching two out of Coyle’s four city championship track teams.
David joined Rowlett High School in 1999, where he started the school’s first cross country program. David’s passion for developing a successful team was evident when he forfeited his conference period to create and build the cross country program. His efforts paid off when he was named head track coach two years later, and led Rowlett HS boys and girls cross country teams to regionals every year for twelve years (2002-2013).
Coach Nanez has the distinction or being the only coach to ever win a Track and Field State Championship in GISD. He raised the bar with back-to back State titles as he led the Rowlett boys track team to 5A State Championships in both 2008 and again in 2009.
David was named Coach of the Year in 2008 by the National Federation of High Schools, and again in 2009 by the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association. His boys cross country teams have won eight District titles, and the girls have won six District titles.
David coached two athletes who would later become Olympians including Diana Pickler (Beijing 2008), and Marquise Goodwin (London 2012). In addition, his coaching includes eight individual cross country district champions, and, in 2013, David won distinction as being a coach and mentor for GISD’s first wheelchair athlete.