For nearly 30 years, Tim Teykl’s wardrobe has had one primary color: red. After 26 years at Terry High School and two years with the University of Houston football program, Teykl is trading it all in for Alvin Yellowjacket orange.
Teykl has accepted the position of head football coach for Alvin High School and was confirmed by the Alvin ISD school board on Wednesday.
Teykl’s third job as a high school head coach following Terry and Rice Consolidated came quickly after two other candidates pulled out of consideration late in the process with the 2019 football season fast approaching.
“This all happened so fast,” Teykl said. “I hadn’t talked to anyone about until five days ago. But Brenda and I are looking forward to the opportunity.”
Teykl takes a long pedigree to Alvin with an all-time record of 160-112-1 and 16 playoff berths over 26 years with the Rangers. Teykl is the winningest football coach at Terry and in Lamar Consolidated ISD.
Teykl is taking over a Yellowjacks squad that finished last year with a 0-10 record and a 7-22 record over the past three seasons.
“I like a challenge,” Teykl said. “Look back at my track record of where the team was before I came there: Terry, Rice Consolidated, East Bernard and TCU, Texas State. I don’t want the easy road, I enjoy building a program from the ground up.
“And Alvin reminds me a lot of Terry when I got there in the 1980s.”
At 63 years old, Teykl expects this to be his final stop coaching after 41 years.
“I honestly missed it,” Teykl said. “I hadn’t been able to be around high school student-athletes while at UH because of NCAA rules. I missed coaching kids and going to volleyball, basketball and baseball games, etc.”
It will be a major transition for the Teykls, who have lived in Rosenberg the entire time that Tim was coaching at Terry.
“We don’t have a retirement place set aside,” Teykl said. “We’re looking for a place to settle down in possibly with a pool for the grandkids.”
Teykl was the only remaining member of Major Applewhite’s staff at the University of Houston following the hiring of new Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen. But Teykl expected Houston to let his contract run its course and he would transition into retirement.
Now he hopes to close out his coaching career on a high note.
“I hope this will bring some closure for me,” Teykl said. “I wasn’t expecting to be back on the sidelines but I want to finish things out the right way.”