BREAKING: Mark Schmid returns to coach Oak Ridge
Former The Woodlands coach Mark Schmid is heading back to the sidelines this fall.
According to an email that was sent to VYPE, Oak Ridge coach Dereck Rush is leaving the program to take another job as an Athletic Director outside of Conroe ISD. Schmid will take over as the interim head coach and athletic director at Oak Ridge High School while the district works to permanently fill the position.
"Coach Rush has done a wonderful job in his years at Oak Ridge," the email stated. "We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."
Following the 2017 season, Schmid stepped down after spending 30 years at the school. At the time Schmid, who was 56, didn't refer to it as a retirement. Schmid then told the Houston Chronicle that he was "open to opportunities".
Schmid had been the head coach of The Woodlands since 2004.
In the fall of 2018, Schmid took a volunteer quality control/high school relations role with Sam Houston State, where his son Eric was playing quarterback for the Bearkats.
Schmid now will take over an Oak Ridge program that went 5-5 last season.