Jimmy Carter to Lead the Pirates
Wylie ISD is proud to announce that Jimmy Carter has been named the new Wylie High School Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Coordinator. Carter, the current WHS Defensive Coordinator, replaces Bill Howard who announced his retirement this week after 24 years at WHS. Coach Carter will assume day-to-day football duties now and take over as athletic coordinator at the end of the school year.
“I am unbelievably honored and incredibly proud to take over the Wylie Pirate Football program,” said Carter. “Wylie is a special place, and Coach Howard has provided us with the recipe for our young men to be successful on and off the field. It is a true privilege to follow in his footsteps and continue the tradition of Wylie Pirate Football. AHMO!”
“We are also very excited that Jimmy Carter has agreed to assume the role as Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Coordinator,” said Kyle Craighead, Wylie ISD Executive Director of Athletics. “He has been involved in Wylie Athletics for 17 years, and he is prepared to lead the athletic program moving forward.”
Craighead praised Coach Howard for being an integral part of the Wylie High School athletic department for more than 20 years. “He has also been a great friend to me during that time. His teams won a lot of games over the past 14 years, but his accomplishments go far above wins and losses. He has a unique way of building positive relationships with kids and coaches. His leadership will certainly be missed on campus, but he is leaving the program in better shape than it was when he started. I wish him well as leaves to pursue other interests.”
Jimmy Carter began his teaching career in Wylie ISD in 1998 at what was then Wylie Junior High. He moved to Wylie High in 2000 as a science teacher and coach. He had stops in Springdale AR, and at Newman Smith High School before returning to Wylie High in 2006. At WHS he serves as a special education teacher along with his coaching duties. He was named the 2017 Campus Teacher of the Year.
Carter earned two bachelor’s degrees from Arkansas Tech University, where he was a four-year football letterman. He holds his teaching certification, including his coaching endorsement.