November 3, 2017
Jersey Village High School Head Football Coach David Snokhous has led the Falcons to seven playoff appearances during his 21 seasons at the helm. He picked up his 100th win at Jersey Village on Oct.27 after his Falcons beat Cypress Falls High School 24-23. (Photo by Alan Moreno, Jersey Village HS)
By Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS
Nov. 3, 2017—Jersey Village High School winning a football game Oct. 27 didn’t only give the Falcons their second victory of the season.
The 24-23 win over Cypress Falls High School was the 100th for David Snokhous in his tenure as the head football coach at Jersey Village, which now spans 21 seasons.
“I am very grateful for an accomplishment that former students, current students and coaches contributed to,” Snokhous said. “I did not do it by myself. It is very humbling to get this recognition and it is a huge milestone.”
Former and present Jersey Village High School football players have said Head Football Coach David Snokhous has made lasting impact on their lives beyond the field and locker rooms. Snokhous is in his 21st season at Jersey Village and picked up his 100th win with the program Oct. 27 after the Falcons beat Cypress Falls High School 24-23. (Photo by Alan Moreno, Jersey Village HS)
Snokhous arrived at Jersey Village in 1997, coming to CFISD following stops at Moore High School in Oklahoma and North Mesquite. He brought with him an impressive record.
He led the Falcons to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, including a run to the Division I-5A semifinals in 1998. In all, Jersey Village has seven playoff appearances and a 100-118 record under Snokhous going into its Nov. 4 game against Langham Creek High School.
But it’s more than wins and losses for the coach.
Through the years, he has helped developed and mold young athletes, many who carry found memories of the years they spent playing for Snokhous.
“One of the things I remember the most about Snokhous was the chain link that he gave everyone on the team. The chain link symbolized that we were only as strong as our weakest link,” said Chris Moore, an all-district defensive end in 2004. “He taught me that through hard work, dedication and perseverance, anyone can achieve their dream.”
Jersey Village High School Head Football Coach David Snokhous (center) talks with two of his fellow head coaches in CFISD – Cy-Fair High School’s Ed Pustejovsky (left) and Cypress Ranch’s Gene Johnsons – at the District 17-6A cross country meet Oct. 13 at Spring Creek Park in Tomball. Snokhous picked up his 100th win at Jersey Village on Oct.27 after his Falcons beat Cypress Falls High School 24-23. (Photo by Ricardo Gonzalez, Jersey Village HS)
Snokhous showed confidence in his players and impacted their lives. His words of wisdom were shared through them and served as guidance when they needed it.
“Snokhous made the biggest impact on my life,” said Selvin Young, a former star running back for the Falcons who won a national championship at the University of Texas and played in the NFL. “I’ll never forget the day he told me he believed in me more than I believed in myself. If I just turned my life around there was nothing I couldn’t accomplish.”
Despite graduating from Jersey Village in 2002, Young still shares that story to this day when he gives motivational speeches to youth groups. Snokhous turned a wild little boy into a humble young man, Young said.
A top recruit and the nation’s fifth-best running back coming out of Jersey Village, Young signed with the University of Texas where he received his degree in 2006. He spent two years with the Denver Broncos after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2007.
“I still carry myself to this day as a reflection of Snokhous – the way I talk, the way I communicate with people, the way I smile, the way I help others,” Young said. “All these characteristics I learned from watching him for four years.”
In 21 years, that special relationship Snokhous developed with players has occurred over and over again.
“Coach Snokhous – aka Coach Snookie as I used to call him – was always there for me,” said Victor Brown, a former all-district running back who graduated in 2012. “His words of wisdom play through my mind every now and then, when I am faced with a difficult task. He made high school football one of my greatest memories.”
Said Joe Goosby, a three-year star at safety who played at Tulane University and now professionally in the Arena Football League: “My favorite memory of Snokhous was when he first moved me up to varsity as a sophomore and right before the game, he grabbed my facemask and told me that I was starting and to not let my teammates down. Snokhous had so much confidence in all his players and really doesn’t get enough credit for all the lives he has impacted.”
The Falcons keep pushing forward with Snokhous walking the sidelines. He’s the longest-tenure head football coach in CFISD, but has left his mark not only on the football field but also through his athletes as they’ve walked the hallways at Jersey Village and sat in classrooms.
“Snokhous has touched the lives of many young people during his time here,” Jersey Village Principal Ralph Funk said. “While the 100th win is marvelous, the real impact is how he has helped mature those students into outstanding adults.”