Ragsdale has been the interim coach since former coach Shannon Carter took an assistant coaching position at Abilene Christian University over the holidays. Ragsdale was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator for the past few years.
“Becoming the head football coach at the State of Texas is one of the highest honors given to a coach,” he said. “It’s a tight brotherhood. I’m ready to build what’s in front of me and take that thing as high as I can.
“It will be a pretty seamless transition from a program standpoint. The kids know what to expect, so when I was announced it was just back to work.
Ragsdale has learned from the best in the business. He played and coached under Jacksonville High School coach Danny Long (now Conroe ISD AD). He was then an assistant in North Shore for trainer David Aymond, then trainer Brian Ford in Summer Creek and back in North Shore with Jon Kay.
“I’ve been so lucky to be around great programs and leaders,” he said. “God put me in the right place at the right time.
“Each taught me something different. Coach Long taught me how to be a man and how to treat people on all levels. He was like a father to me. When I came to North Shore under David Aymond, he gave me so much administrative responsibility. I learned how to organize programs. With Coach (Jon) Kay, I learned the overall structure of the program and what the huge success of the program looks like.
Now that he is at the helm of his own ship, what will change?
“On the pitch I want to be more explosive on both sides of the ball and attack, attack and attack. It’s about the pace we work in all the time.
“We will continue to win over our community,” he said. “The only way to do that is to pay it forward and move into the feeding model – elementary and junior high schools – to build a true patriot nation.”