Scott Joseph has been hired as Navarro College football’s new defensive coordinator and will begin duties Monday, athletic director Roark Montgomery announced Friday.
Joseph, from a respected family deeply rooted in the Texas high school football tradition, most recently served as defensive coordinator at Cypress Ranch High School, where he helped to coach the 2012 Mustangs to the 5A state quarterfinals in their first-ever postseason appearance.
The Lamar University product also has served as a defensive assistant or coordinator at several Houston-area 5A schools, including Katy Seven Lakes, Baytown Lee, Fort Bend Hightower and Rosenberg B.F. Terry, where he developed defensive units that consistently ranked among the top five statistically in the Houston area. He also served five years as head football coach at Houston Westbury (2003-07).
Joseph’s lineage and his lifelong association with football and its coaching fraternity is second to none. His father, Eddie Joseph, was the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Executive Director for 25 years. His brother, Gary Joseph, has coached Katy High School to six state football championships. Brother-in-law Doug Fertsch played at Baylor and also coached at the high school and collegiate level for 25 years, including his alma mater. One nephew, Jeff, coaches at Austin Westlake; another, Blake, coaches at Caldwell High School. And a niece, Julie, coaches at Katy’s Candiff Middle School.
Scott Joseph not only has structured outstanding defenses, but has been part of four high school programs that experienced first-time football playoff action. While head coach at 4A Houston’s Westbury, the program tripled in size. The 2005 and 2006 teams’ defenses ranked statistically among the Houston-area’s top 4.
Joseph was involved between 1998-2003 with the start of Fort Bend’s L.V. Hightower program. The Hurricanes advanced to the 1999 quarterfinals and three rounds deep in 2003. Between 2001 and 2003, Hightower’s total defense (per game yield) ranked among Top 5 in the Houston area.
Joseph replaces Dustin Landry, who became a defensive backs coach at Troy University.