Taking the reins

During the 2019 season, J.D. Zimmerhanzel helped the Class 5A Champion Chargers go 13-2 and advance to the UIL Division II state semifinals.

The fledgling football program at one of Comal ISD’s newest campuses — Davenport High School — has found a leader in J.D. Zimmerhanzel.

A former offensive coordinator at Champion High School in Boerne, Zimmerhanzel was recently named the new head football coach and athletic coordinator for the Wolfpack, who will begin their inaugural season this coming fall.

“We are very excited about Coach Zimmerhanzel joining the Davenport Pack,” Davenport principal Matthew DeLoach said. “We had a number of quality coaches apply for the position, but Coach Zimmerhanzel’s past accomplishments, love for the game and students, and hunger for excellence, caused him to stand out. We are looking forward to seeing the great things he accomplishes, not only on the football field, but with the entire athletic program at Davenport.”

While at Champion, Zimmerhanzel also served as the head varsity boys and girls track coach, an assistant varsity baseball coach and a social studies, health and P.E. teacher. Prior to that, he was employed at Smithville High School, where he served in various coaching positions for seven years. In addition, he taught world geography and economics.

During the past 15 years of coaching, Zimmerhanzel has earned plenty of accolades. As offensive coordinator at Champion, he helped lead the Chargers to two regional finals and one state semifinal. He holds an overall record of 63-23 and his offenses averaged 43.7 points per game.

As a head track coach, Zimmerhanzel has accumulated 10 district titles, one regional title and also guided two individual state champions.

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