Blake Bryant

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2023 Sherwood Award Winner

Blake Bryant played High School football for his dad, THSCA Hall of Honor Coach Bill Bryant. Blake was an All State Defensive Back and played in the THSCA All Star game. He went on to play at the University of Texas for 3 years before transferring to Tarelton State where he was a team captain and they won the conference championship. Coach Bryant spent one year as a GA at Tarelton before beginning his high school coaching career. His first job was at Pasadena Rayburn for 1 year under Raymond Rapp before taking the OC job at Odessa High for 3 years under Bill Barron. From there he spent 6 years as OC in Temple under Bob McQueen before taking his first head coaching job in Canyon. Coach attributes so much of who he is to those unbelievable coaches who taught him so much.

Coach spent 21 years at Canyon where he had a 158 – 84 record. His teams went to the playoffs 17 of those years with multiple District, Bi-District and Area Championships. The Eagles won 2 quarterfinal Championships and went to the State SemiFinals 2 times. He had the honor of serving on the THSCA Board of Directors, The committee to promote Coaching Boys into Men and the Regional FCA Board of Directors. He was the Region 1 Tom Landry Award Nominee 3 times and won multiple Coach of the year awards during his time including the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Coach of the Year.

Blake has been married to his wife and best friend Holly for 34 years. They have 2 children Bill, who builds homes in the Canyon area and Bayli who is a Curriculum Instructional Coordinator. She is married to Adam Wright who is a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager at First United Bank. They have 3 precious grandkids, Palmer who is 2 and the twins Rowdy and Caroline who are 4 months old.

Coach Bryant feels the Greg Sherwood Award is so special because of the type of man Coach Sherwood was. He is humbled when he reads the list of recipients because so many are his coaching heros and helped mentor him throughout his career.