Frisco Emerson High School
Kendall Miller just finished his 1st season as Head Football Coach at Frisco Emerson High School after spending the previous 9 years at Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland.
Miller’s 23-year coaching career began in Arlington as a math teacher and assistant coach at Sam Houston H.S. After 10 years as an assistant, Miller received his first head coaching position at South Oak Cliff H.S. in Dallas where he spent 3 seasons. After winning two district championships and two “Coach of the Year” honors, Miller accepted the Head Coaching position at Garland Lakeview. During his tenure at Lakeview, Miller won the school’s first playoff game and district title in over 20 years. Last February, Coach Miller accepted the head coaching position at Emerson High School in Frisco ISD.
He is the son of Ocell and Annie Miller. Miller’s father was a Texas High School coach for 34 years before retiring in 1997. Miller was born in Dallas, Tx and graduated from Skyline H.S. where he was a 3-sport athlete. He played baseball at Tarleton State University.
Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tarleton State. He and his wife Samanda are the parents of two daughters: Sydney (12) and Kara(10).
Kendall Miler currently serves on the THSCA Board of Directors (2018 – Present) for Region 3
Converse Judson High School
Mark Soto graduated from Judson HS in 1991. He played in the 1988 and 1990 State Championships along with coaching in the 2005 and 2007 State Championship games for Judson. Mark played under legendary Judson coach D.W. Rutledge who helped mold him into the coach he is today. Soto lettered four years and started his last three years at Missouri Valley College winning the HAAC conference championship in 1994. In his coaching career he has worked for some of the best coaches in Texas high school football history. He has served under Mark Smith, Jim Rackley, Phil Danaher and David Sanchez. All these experiences have helped to build an athletic program based on four core values: 1. Passion to build our character, 2. Effort is Everything, 3. Competition Breeds Success, 4. Win Forever Attitude. This program has served well in the resurrection of the San Marcos athletic program in which a state-of-the-art facility was built along with returning to the playoffs after a 13-year layoff. The four cores also helped earn a 19-3 record at San Antonio Johnson after taking the helm during the pandemic. Recently, Soto has returned to serve his alma mater beginning the Resurgence of the Converse Judson Rockets.
Personally, Coach Soto proudly served as the THSCA region 8 Director during the tumultuous pandemic after volunteering since 2005. He also is a current Director of the San Antonio Area Football Coaches Foundation, former attendance committee member of the Texas Athletic Director’s Association and member of the American Football Coaches Association. Soto currently has active roles on the Rock Mentor program and IDEA Diversity council in which he takes great pride. He is also a proud member of the Hispanic TXHSFB Coaches Association. Texas Coach magazine recently published an article written entitled “My Biggest Fan” Soto wrote about his deceased father. Relaxing vacations with family and friends bring joy to his downtime.
Soto’s transformational purpose in life is to teach teenagers how to live a life of passion, to develop positive relationships, to walk with integrity and respect the power of love.
Mark Soto formerly served on the THSCA Board of Directors from 2017 – 2021 for Region 8.
Arlington Martin High School
Bob Wager began his coaching career at Springfield College in Massachusetts where he played as a wishbone halfback. In 1992, after reading the book “Friday Night Lights”, Coach Wager sold his Jeep, bought a motorcycle, and rode 1700 miles to the great state of Texas to pursue a career as a high school football coach. In sixteen seasons at Arlington Martin, the Warriors have made sixteen consecutive playoff appearances, including nine trips to the regional round and a state quarterfinal appearance.
Coach Wager has been honored to present annually at coaching clinics across the country. In addition, Coach Wager was the Head Football Coach of the 2022 Under Armour All-American Game. Bob Wager proudly served on the Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association from 2017 – 2021, and was selected to serve on the T.H.S.C.A. All Star selection committee in 2004.
Now in his 26th year as a Head Football Coach in Texas, Coach Wager and his staff have compiled a record of 196-98. Coach Wager is proud to have mentored 12 of his former assistants who have become Head Football Coaches themselves, and several former assistants now coaching at the division 1 college level. 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 1A, Tolar, 2A, Groveton, and 3A, Kaufman High School.
Coach Wager resides in southwest Arlington with his wife Amy, and children Gage and Mia. Gage is a senior member of the Martin Football and Track teams, and Mia is a sophomore varsity cheerleader at Martin.
Bob Wager formerly served on the THSCA Board of Directors from 2017 – 2021 for Region 3.