Joey Florence, the former longtime athletic director and football coach for Ryan High, was named the new athletic director for Denton Independent School District on Jan. 21, 2014.
Mr. Florence is recognized as one of the top coaches in the state. He quickly established Ryan High as a premier football powers when he came in 2000. In his first year, he led a team, who had won a one game the previous year, to a 12-3 record and the 2000 Class 4A Division I state championship game.
The next two seasons cemented Ryan’s stature at the top as the Raiders posted a 30-1 record en route to winning the 4A state championships in 2001 and 2002, becoming the district’s first athletic program to win back-to-back state championships. Mr. Florence never stopped winning and led the Raiders to 4A state championship appearances in 2003 and again in 2010.
At Ryan, Mr. Florence became one of only eight active head coaches with 200 or more victories in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, recording his milestone 200th win against Flower Mound Marcus in 2013.
His teams never posted a losing record or missed the postseason in his 20 years as a head coach. He led his teams to the playoffs six consecutive years at Class 2A Cooper High.
At Ryan High, he worked with campus administrators to establish a sense of pride with students participating in academics, athletics, fine arts and other extracurricular activities. The culture spawned the motto “Home of Champions” for Ryan High students and graduates.
As an athletic leader, he has been a guest speaker for numerous conferences, including Nike Coach of the Year Clinic, DFW Coaches Clinic, Texas Tech Spring Clinic and many others.
Mr. Florence graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He served as an assistant coach at Sulphur Springs and Marcus before becoming one of the youngest head coaches in the state when he was named head coach at Cooper in 1994 at age 28.