Josh Ragsdale is returning to Dallas ISD and will serve as the new Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach at Emmett J. Conrad High School. He brings with him 9 years of experience as an Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach. Ragsdale is coming from Kemp ISD where he served as an assistant football coach and teacher in 2019-2020. Prior to Kemp, Ragsdale spent 3 years as the Boys Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach at South Garland High School in the Garland Independent School District from 2015-2019. Before his stint at South Garland HS, he served as the Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach at Dallas ISD’s W. H. Adamson HS from 2010 through 2015.
The Adamson Leopards made the playoffs in 2012 under Ragsdale’s leadership for just the third time in 66 years. While serving as defensive coordinator in 2009, the Leopards made the playoffs for the first time since 1981. In his first season at Adamson, the Leopards also broke a state-leading, 31-game losing streak, finishing the year at 6-4. Those six wins were the most wins in a season for the school since 1989.
In June of 2013, the Adamson football staff coached the East in the North Texas Bowl DFW Classic and was victorious 21-8. Ragsdale was also named the Dallas ISD Athletic Coordinator of the Year in 2012-2013. In May of 2015, the Genesis Women’s Shelter of Dallas honored Ragsdale with their “HeRo Award” (He Respects Others) for his role in the Adamson Leopard Domestic Violence Awareness Project that went global. Also in May of that same year, Ragsdale accepted the “Spirit of Sport” award from the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) in recognition of his team’s Domestic Violence Awareness Project success. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) presented the award at its Annual State Track and Field Championships in Austin, TX.
Ragsdale began his coaching career at Sulphur Springs High School in East Texas. He worked at Crandall High School before coming to Dallas ISD in 2007. He is a graduate of Forney High School and Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Journalism. In January of 2016, Ragsdale became a “Certified Athletic Administrator” through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator’s Association (NIAAA). In that same year he also became a “Certified Interscholastic Coach” through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
He attended B. H. Macon Elementary School in Dallas ISD. He and his wife Amber have twin fifteen-year old daughters, Natalie and Valerie and a 4 year-old son Ryan. Amber works in the Crandall Independent School District at Crandall High School.
2002-2005:Sulphur Springs HS (4A)Assistant Coach
2005-2007Crandall HS (3A)Assistant Coach
2007-20010W.H. Adamson HS (5A)Defensive Coordinator
2010-2015W.H. Adamson HS (5A)Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach
2015-2019South Garland HS (6A)Boys Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach
2019-2020Kemp HS (3A)Assistant Coach