After 30 years of coaching at West Orange – Stark High School, Dan Hooks, head football coach Mustangs, announced that he will be retiring as of June 30, 2011.

WOCCISD budget cuts are the primary reason for his decision to retire.

It seems as though Hooks will remain the Athletic Director for WOS High School, but the naming of a successor isn’t in the immediate future right now.

Hooks’ last season proved to be an extremely difficult one with the death of his senior quarterback, Reggie Garrett. Garrett died on Sept. 17, 2010 after throwing a touchdown pass against the Jasper Bulldogs. Even with this tragic loss, Hooks’ and his Mustangs finished out the season 8-3.

In 1981, Coach Hooks became the Head Football Coach at West Orange-Stark High School in West Orange, and over the years he has compiled a record of 269-69-2. Included in this record were three straight finals from 1986-1988, winning back-to-back 4A State Championships in 1986 and 1987, and then advancing to the State finals in 2000 and the State 3A Semi-Finals in 2005. He has the highest winning percentage of games won of any active coach in the State of Texas in all classes.

In March of 2006 Coach Hooks was inducted into the Southeast Texas Coaches Association Hall of Honor. He is the only currently active Coach to be inducted into this Hall of Honor.

In August of 2006, the West Orange-Stark Football Stadium was renamed in his honor – The Dan R. Hooks Stadium.

In October of 2009, he was named one of the Top 50 Most Memorable Coaches in the State of Texas in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine 50th Anniversary issue. He is ranked #22 among the best of the best in Texas.

Coach Hooks has been actively involved in the Community Drug Awareness Campaigns and speaks regularly to civic clubs in the area. He and his wife Cynthia are members of the Winfree Baptist Church. They have two daughters, Dee Dee and Shae Lynn, and one son, Dr. David Jones. They also have 4 grandchildren: Jake, Amber, Brennan, and Steeley Rhea.”