Monday night, Taylor ISD named a new athletic director and head football coach, Robert Little.

“I need you all to help me spread the word, ‘win state,’” Little said after the announcement.

He said the two words are the goal and will motivate teams to continue to get better.

Little is currently the athletic director and head football coach at Riesel ISD, where he served from 2016-2019, and has an overall record of 22-14.

During his tenure, he and his staff were able to turn around a program that previously had a 4-25 record over three years.

The team finished the 2018 season 10-3 and was a state regional semi-finalist.

“Coach Little impressed our interview committee with his proven successful experience working with the total program over time, as well as his honesty, loyalty, enthusiasm, work ethic and organizational skills,” said Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown.

Little has 27 years of coaching experience working with a diverse population of students. In his 13 yeas as an athletic director and head football coach, his teams have never missed post-season play. His overall record as a head coach is 100-59 including a 2006 state championship with Chilton.

“His servant leadership style will have a positive impact on our kids and our community,” Brown said.

Little was welcomed in a special called meeting prior to Monday night’s special called board meeting. He was welcomed by the board of trustees, community members and members of the selection committee.

“Coach Robert Little matches the criteria we established as attributes that we were looking for in our next athletic director and head football coach at Taylor ISD in this hiring process,” Brown said. “He is of high moral and ethical character, he has a very strong work ethic, he has a proven history of success over the past 27 years with diverse groups of students, he has a student-centered focus, he is a team player and he will eliminate the acceptance of mediocrity.”

Little is a graduate of Howard Payne University where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree while majoring in education.

Little and his wife have two children. Their daughter, Andee, is a graduate of the University of Texas and currently teaching and coaching in Riesel. Their son, Jase, is currently attending Texas A&M University and plans to be a teacher and a coach.

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