New top dog

Travis defensive coordinator Clayton Odom talks to his team during a game against Houston Heights.

Travis Head Coach Trey Sissom will be seeking a new top coordinator for the second offseason in a row.

In 2019, offensive coordinator Mike Arogbonlo was named head coach of Fort Bend Austin.

On Tuesday night, defensive coordinator Clayton Odom II was named head coach in Sweeny High School history.

“It’s bittersweet (to leave Travis)”, Odom said. “I’ve enjoyed my time at Travis and with coach Sissom.

“It’s tough, but it’s time.

“(Sissom) has shown me a lot of things and prepared me for this role.

“I know I’m ready. I can’t wait to get down to Sweeny and roll my sleeves up and get to work.”

Odom brings 20 years of teaching experience to the Bulldogs with stops at Diboll, Lufkin, Morton Ranch, Conroe Oak Ridge and multiple runs at Katy that included numerous state championships with the Tigers.

“I grew up in a one-horse town, Lufkin, with one high school,” Odom said. “I have coached in places where there was only one high school in town, and that was attractive,” Odom said. “During the interview process, I felt that support and love. (Sweeny) is 100% behind athletics; they want to see all their athletic programs improve and be champions.

“That is what I’m all about, and there was an instant mesh.”

Odom’s other title with Travis was head girls track and field coach, an experience that prepared the future Bulldog for the athletic director role.

“When I get to Sweeny, I want to make sure all of our athletic programs are successful,” Odom said. “They are working and achieving greatness in everything they do.”

Odom had served as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator for the past six seasons, joining Travis when Sissom was hired ahead of the 2015 season.

Sweeny finished 3-7 in 2020 in Randy Lynch’s final season with the Bulldogs.

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