Grand Prairie has hired Henderson State assistant head coach Tony Tademy as its new head football coach, Grand Prairie ISD athletic director Gary Bartel said Friday. Tademy arrived at Henderson State in 2017 and also coached the outside linebackers.
Tademy joined the TCU staff in 2005 and was the linebackers coach for seven years under Gary Patterson, including for the 2010 team that went 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl. TCU led the nation in total defense three times in a four-year span while Tademy was there, and he coached five linebackers who played in the NFL.
Bartel said he worked with Tademy on three different coaching staffs and "there is a strong bond there. I know him well."
Tademy replaces Bartel, who was named the GPISD athletic director in December. Bartel had been the head coach and athletic coordinator at Grand Prairie High School since 2004, and the team went 5-6 in 2017 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1989.
Tademy’s only head coaching experience came at Katy Tompkins, where he started the football program and had a record of 5-25 in three seasons from 2014 to 2016. He was an assistant on the Texas City team that won the Class 4A Division I state championship in 1997.
Locally, Tademy worked as an assistant at McKinney and Duncanville. His first full-time assistant coaching job came at VMI from 1985-86, and he also had college assistant jobs at Louisiana Tech, Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette.