MEET THE TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ASSOCIATION
The President-Elect Nominating Committee has selected three nominees for the office of President-Elect. The nominees will be voted on at the General Meeting of the THSCA members at the annual THSCA Coaching School and Convention to be held July 19-21, 2020 in San Antonio. The convention will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Nominees are:
Ron Rittimann, Alamo Heights High School graduated from Canyon HS in New Braunfels, TX in 1985 and was recognized as the Athlete of the Year. He played football, basketball and baseball for some great high school coaches and attended Tyler Junior College and Southwest Texas State University on football scholarships. After his playing days in San Marcos, Ron began his coaching career as a student/coach and then as a graduate assistant coach in 89-90.
Coach Rittimann began his high school coaching career as an assistant at San Antonio Madison in 1991 under Coach Jim Streety. From 1991-2007, Rittimann served as a coach for football, basketball and baseball. In 1994 he was named the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. In December 2007, Rittimann moved to open a new school in the NEISD, Johnson High School. The Jaguars advanced to the state semi-finals in 2013 with Ron’s son, Hunter, playing quarterback. The 2013 Jaguars were recognized by Texas Football as the 5A Team of the Year. The Jaguars were district champs in 2017. In his twelve years as a head coach, his teams have made it to the playoffs 8 times. Rittimann recently accepted the position of AD/head coach at Alamo Heights High School.
Ron has been named San Antonio Coach of the Year 4 times (2009, 2011, 2013, 2017). Ron and his staff coached the 2014 San Antonio All-Star game and he was also privileged to coach the US Army All-American game in 2016.
Coach Rittimann is a 2008 Honorary Lifetime member of the PTA. In 2009, Ron was awarded the Comal ISD Outstanding Graduate Award. Coach Rittimann served on the THSCA Football Advisory Committee from 2009-2012 and was a member of the THSCA Board of Directors from 2015-2018.
Bob Wager, Arlington Martin High School began his coaching career at Springfield College where he played as a wishbone running back. In 1992, after reading H.G. Bissinger’s book “Friday Night Lights”, Coach Wager moved to the great state of Texas to pursue a career as a high school football coach. In thirteen seasons at Martin, Coach Wager is the school’s all-time leader in victories. The Warriors have made thirteen consecutive playoff appearances, including seven trips to the regional round and a state quarterfinal appearance.
In the past thirteen years, Martin has promoted dozens and dozens of football players who have signed football scholarships. Coach Wager has been honored to present annually at coaching clinics across the country. In addition, Coach Wager has coached in seven Under Armour All-American Games and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Now in his 23rd year as a Head Football Coach in Texas, Coach Wager and his staff have compiled a record of 166-91. Coach Wager is proud to have mentored 9 of his former assistants who have become Head Football Coaches themselves. Coach Wager has been an Assistant Coach at Carter Junior High and Arlington Sam Houston, as well as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Tolar, Groveton, and Kaufman High School.
Coach Wager resides in southwest Arlington with his wife Amy and children Gage and Mia.
Lee Wiginton, Midlothian Heritage High School graduated from Lampasas High School in 1989, received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Angelo State where he spent two years playing football and the last two years coaching the receivers, and earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Southwest Texas (Texas State) in 1998.
He began his coaching career at Edison Junior High in San Angelo in 1993 under Dan Gandy, went and spent one year in Lampasas in 1994 under Rod Hess before moving to Bastrop from 1995 - 1999 under Jay McCarty. During these stops he coached M.S. Basketball and Track as well as H.S. Girls’ Basketball, Powerlifting, Baseball and Football.
In 2000, he became the AD and Head Football Coach at 1A Bosqueville and led them to the 11 man playoffs for the first time in school history. After four seasons in Bosqueville, he moved to 2A Comfort as the AD and Head Football Coach. After four more seasons in Comfort, he moved to 3A Mexia for two years as the AD and Head Football Coach.
In 2010, he moved to 6A Midlothian as the Campus Coordinator and Head Football Coach. After five years at Midlothian HS, he had an opportunity to open a new school in Midlothian - 4A Midlothian Heritage. During the last four years at Midlothian Heritage, the team has won 3 District Championships and made it to the 3rd round of the playoffs three of the last four years.
Coach Wiginton has served as a director of the North Texas Football Coaches’ Association since 2014 and had the honor of serving on the THSCA All-Star Selection Committee in 2002. He has an overall coaching record of 140-82 and has led his teams to the playoffs at every one of his coaching stops. Coaching honors include District Coach of the Year 2001, ‘03, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘12, ‘16, ‘17, and ‘18; 2003 Texas HS Football.Com 1A Coach of the Year; 2003 Fox Sports Southwest 1A Coach of the Year Finalist; 2006 Hill Country Coach of the Year; and Dallas Cowboy Coach of the Week (Week 5 2010, Playoffs 2016, and Week 2 2018). The greatest joy is his athletic life has been the combination of getting to play for his dad, Ken Wiginton, in Lampasas and also getting to coach with him in both Lampasas and Bastrop. He was recently awarded the Grant Teaff Coaching Beyond the Game award at the THSCEF Coaches Leadership Summit in 2020