Athletic Director

mathisClaude Mathis
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
Phone: 903-923-8809

Claude Mathis was named the Marshall ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach on March 30, 2017.

Coach Mathis comes to Marshall after serving as running backs coach at Southern Methodist University for two years under Mustangs head coach Chad Morris. He also was named SMU's Director of High School Relations earlier in 2017.

Prior to SMU, however, Coach Mathis had a stellar seven-year stint as head coach at DeSoto High School in which he led the Eagles to a 74-18 overall record and back-to-back appearances in the state semifinals in 2012 and 2013.

DeSoto also was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Sports Illustrated, Rivals and MaxPreps under Mathis. The Eagles also won or shared six district championships in seven seasons, and DeSoto advanced past the bi-district round of the playoffs every season under Mathis’ direction.

DeSoto made the state quarterfinals three times (2010, 2012, 2013), and was a back-to-back state semifinalist in 2012 and 2013. The Eagles also led the nation in total offense, averaging 551 yards per game to break a Texas Class 5A state record.

“I’m very excited and humbled to be the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Marshall ISD,” Mathis said. “I can’t wait to get on the field with our kids. I’m so excited to be able to help grow kids again at the high school level and to help add to the strong tradition here in Marshall in both our girls and boys athletics programs.”

Mathis has also been a speaker at several coaching clinics around the nation, including clinics at Oklahoma State University, SMU, LSU, BYU and others. In 2015, he was a speaker at the Nike Clinic in Oregon.

He also coached Boys Track at DeSoto to state championships in the 4x100 and 4x200 events, as well as winning the overall 2012 state track championship.

Prior to his work at DeSoto, Mathis was the Head Football Coach at Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Austin ISD from 2005-2008, where he led LBJ to three playoff appearances in his four seasons. The program’s 2005 playoff appearance was the first for LBJ since the 2000 season, and the program advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2007.

Mathis earned his first head coaching job at Somerville ISD, where he was Athletic Director/Head Football Coach/Head Girls Track Coach in 2004-2005. He was the offensive coordinator at Austin Anderson High School from 2000-2004 while also serving as the girls track coach.

Mathis earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science, with a specialization in Special Education, from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in 1998. He was a standout running back for the Bobcats, setting the all-time Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) and Southland Conference rushing record. He was a two-time All-American at running back and played in the Hula Bowl in Hawaii following his senior season.

Coach Mathis is a native of Bartlett, Texas, where played on two state championship teams (1990 and 1993). He also was a state track qualifier in the 300 meter hurdles in track.