Tommy Watkins

Tommy Watkins, head football coach at Lakeview Centennial High School, during his coaching career has guided teams to the most victories of any active Class 5A football coach in Texas. For his career, he has recorded 271 wins, 113 losses, and eight ties, for a winning mark of 70.2%. Since coming to Lakeview Centennial in 1987, Tommy's football teams have won 47 games, lost 27, and had one tie. His 63.3% winning record at Lakeview Centennial is the fifth highest among all past and present Garland high school football coaches. During his seven years as the Patriot head coach, he has fielded two district champion teams and a total of four playoff teams. His 1988 Patriots were undefeated during the regular season and won bi-district and area championship before losing. Tommy was ranked sixth among the Top 10 Coaches in the Metroplex in a poll of area coaches by Friday Night Highs magazine in 1993. Before coming to Garland, he had coached Rotan High School to the 1962 Class A state football championship, and subsequently at Iowa Park High School, his team won the Class 2A state football title in 1969 and then tied for the state championship in 1970. In 1981 Tommy coached the Texas all-star team to a 27-to-3 victory over the Oklahoma all-stars in the Oil Bowl at Wichita Falls; he was offensive coordinator for the winning Texas team in the 1993 Oil Bowl. Tommy was graduated from McMurry College in Abilene, where he played end for the Indians football team. A four-year starter, he was second team All-Texas Conference as a freshman and first team all-conference his remaining three years. As a senior, he received All-America honorable mention recognition.