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Gilmer Coach Jeff Traylor Will Accept Texas Assistant Job

By Chase Colston

It looks like one of East Texas’ most successful football coaches is headed to the Forty Acres.

Reports from the Austin American-Statesman and OrangeBloods say Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor will accept the special teams/tight ends coaching position at The University of Texas.

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Texas to add HS coach to staff
Jeff Traylor. (courtesy of
Jeff Traylor. (courtesy of
GILMER — Source tells Inside Texas that Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor is expected to accept the available TE/ ST coaching position at Texas.

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Is Jeff Traylor the Best East Texas High School Football Coach Ever?

Dennis Alexander. Jim Norman. Scott Surratt. Jeff Traylor.

If you were to put together a Mount Rushmore of East Texas high school football coaches, you’d have your four right there. And Traylor might be the first one sculpted.

With the news surfacing that Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor will become the new special teams and tight ends coach at The University of Texas, you can’t help but look back at his 15-year tenure with the Buckeyes and shake your head in amazement.

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With only 16 teams left in the Class 3A Division I playoffs, the Gilmer Buckeyes are just one of many teams with impressive résumés.

“They’re all good this time of the year,” stated Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, who has led his alma mater to a 108-17 record and one state championship in his 10 years at the helm of the Buckeyes.

Take La Vega, the Buckeyes’ opponent Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Mesquite. The Pirates have gone at least three rounds deep in the playoffs every year since 2006, sporting an impressive 10-3 playoff record in that span.

“We do have some experience and tradition,” admitted La Vega head coach Willie Williams, who has a 135-84-2 record in his 20th season as Pirates’ head coach.

Like Traylor, Williams is coaching in his hometown. “This is the only place I’ve known. I graduated from here and I’ve coached here for 27 years. I’ve never coache…