HAPPY, TX (KCBD) - After 10 seasons of building the Happy Cowboys into a six-man pigskin powerhouse, Tye Keith is leaving to be the Head Football coach/AD of another 1A Division I powerhouse, the Valley Patriots.
Keith will also be the Valley Boys Basketball coach.
The Valley school board approved the hire Monday night. Keith told his Happy players Tuesday afternoon and confirmed the news with KCBD Sports.
In 10 years at Happy, Keith went 86-31, including a stellar 49-4 the last four seasons.
His Cowboys have won 46 straight regular season games with their last loss coming in September 2013.
Keith and the Cowboys made strong playoff runs, losing to eventual State Champion Borden County in the State Semifinals the last two seasons. In the three years prior to that, Happy made it to the State Quarterfinals.
Now Keith heads to the Turkey and Quitaque area to lead the Valley Patriots, who lost in the 1A Division II State Semifinals last year.
Valley moves up to 1A Division I this season. The Patriots have made the playoffs 18 years in a row.
Keith takes over for Brandon Smith, who will remain Principal at Valley. Smith informed his Patriot players of the coaching change Tuesday after STAAR testing.
Smith went 33-7 in three years coaching the Patriots.
Valley and Happy will meet in week 3 of the 2018 football season.
Congrats to Tye Keith on an amazing decade of coaching at Happy and for taking over at Valley.
No question hiring Tye Keith, the Valley Patriots are real happy!