Brian Polk leaves Van Alstyne for startup program

Brian Polk will oversee athletic programs at Byron Nelson High School as the campus athletic coordinator and head football coach. The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees approved his recommendation for employment at the meeting on February 9.

“We are excited that Coach Polk will be joining Northwest and leading our new campus to great success,” said Susan Elza, executive director of health, physical education, and athletics. “The opening of the district's second high school presents a rare opportunity for students and staff, and I am certain he will build a program that will be a source of great community pride.”

Polk has served in a similar position as athletic director and head football coach at Van Alstyne ISD, where he has been responsible for the overall operation of the school district's athletic department since 2006. Under his leadership, his team advanced to the 2008 state playoffs and the school experienced its first seven win season in its history – despite being the second smallest 3A campus in Texas.

“Coach Polk genuinely cares for and supports his coaches and athletes,” said Elza. “He is a great role model for his students and has an amazing ability to motivate and inspire them to perform at their best. His experience, character, and dedication will be of great value as we build this new program.”

Polk received his bachelor's degree from Harding University in Arkansas in 1999. Before joining Van Alstyne ISD as the district's athletic director, he was an offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, and math teacher at Allen High School and a quarterback coach, and math teacher at Garland High School. As a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, he was selected to serve on the 2008 All-Star Committee. Polk is also a member of the Texas High School Athletic Director's Association.

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