Corsicana ISD announces hire of Eugene Rogers as Head Football Coach

Jan. 22—Eugene Rogers is coming home. The 1984 Corsicana High School graduate was approved by the CISD Board of Trustees Monday night to be the school's 11th head football coach since 1970, when old CHS integrated with G.W. Jackson High School.

As a Tiger, Rogers played quarterback for state champion Don Denbow's 1983 squad that went three rounds deep in the state playoffs. He signed with Southwest Texas State and as a freshman started at cornerback and was the conference Freshman of the Year. He was first-team all-conference and honorable mention All-American as a sophomore, but suffered a knee injury late in that second season.

With two head coaching stints under his belt, Rogers has spent the last three seasons as Waxahachie's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach with former Tiger and Head Coach Shane Tolleson.

"It's personal for me," he said about his return to Corsicana. "I'm focused on getting Corsicana back on top."

Rogers succeeds Aric Sardinea, and plans to get alumni — including former teammates, involved as he begins a rebuilding effort in Corsicana.

He becomes the third former player to return to Corsicana as head football coach. The other two, Denbow (124-51-8) and Tom Wilson (62-23), posted the most successful Corsicana coaching careers of the last 53 seasons.

"In Coach Rogers, we not only have someone who understands Corsicana and its tradition, but we have someone we know is the right man for this job," Corsicana ISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost said. "He is a man of high character, has had a successful career in athletics and in the field of education, and has the vision and strength we believe our program needs at this time. We are thrilled to have Coach Rogers back in blue and gold."

Rogers will be on the CHS campus Tuesday to start the next chapter of Tiger football.

A member of Corsicana's national-record setting sprint relay team in 1984, Rogers started his career as an assistant at Palestine in 1989 under Wilson. In 1991 he joined Denbow's staff in Corsicana, where he also served as head track coach. He remained on the CHS staff when Wilson was hired to replace Denbow, who retired after the 1992 season. He remained on Wilson's staff and was part of the semifinal run in 1994, and the Class 4A Division I state title appearance in 1997, where the Tigers lost a heartbreaker, 37-34, to Texas City.

Following that fall, Rogers left for North Crowley to become defensive coordinator under fellow CHS assistant Mike Pappas, who had become the Panthers' first head football coach. The two helped open the new school, and in 2003 they won the Class 4A-DI title over Bay City, 20-6.

Rogers returned to the North Crowley sidelines in the fall of 2013 as head coach, a role he served in for five seasons. His other head coaching stop came after his initial success at North Crowley as an assistant, when in 2005 he took the reins of Manor. Down in the Hill Country, Rogers had the Mustangs in the playoffs for the first time in 16 years after an 8-3 season in his third and final season.

Rogers has also had coaching stops at Denton Ryan and Haltom.

His wife Candra serves as an assistant principal at Waxahachie High School. They have four children, Elyane, Corrigan, Chandler, and Ethan. The Rogers also have one grandchild as Corrigan and wife Sarah have a daughter, Zoella.