February 11, 2021
Cody Simper, campus athletic coordinator and head football coach for Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School, has been named the campus athletic coordinator and head football coach at Cypress Woods High School.
Feb. 11, 2021—Cody Simper, campus athletic coordinator and head football coach for Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School, has been named the Cypress Woods High School campus athletic coordinator and head football coach. Simper replaces Trent Faith, who will retire in June following nine years of leading the Wildcats.
Simper, who opened Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial in 2015, has more than 15 years of coaching experience at the high school level, and is in his 11th year of being a head coach and campus athletic coordinator.
Prior to Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, Simper served on coaching staffs at Corpus Christi W.B. Ray High School (2004-2008) and Cypress Springs High School (2008-2010). He was named the campus athletic coordinator and head football coach at Corpus Christi W.B. Ray in 2010, where he served until 2015.
“We are excited to welcome back Coach Cody Simper to CFISD to be the campus athletic coordinator and head football coach at Cypress Woods High School,” said Ray Zepeda, CFISD director of athletics. “He has more than a decade of successful experience as a campus athletic coordinator and head football coach and has successfully developed plans, processes and systems to develop all student athletes on the campuses he has served. We look forward to having him work with the staff, students and community in helping to maximize the success of all Wildcats.”
Simper has an 80-38 overall record and seven playoff appearances as a head coach. At Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, he led the football team to two regional semifinal finishes (2017 and 2018), one regional finalist berth (2019) and one state semifinal appearance (2020). Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial won two undefeated district titles (2018 and 2020).
In 2020, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial became the first Corpus Christi ISD football team in 57 years to win a regional title and reach the state semifinals.
Simper has more than 15 years of coaching experience at the high school level. He’s been a head football coach at Corpus Christi W.B. Ray High School and Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School.
Simper led Corpus Christi W.B. Ray to the playoffs three times. In addition, he oversaw a campus athletic department that qualified every program for the postseason during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.
“In this process, we were looking for a candidate that would take the athletic program, both coaches and students, and grow them from this point,” said Gary Kinninger, Cypress Woods principal. “Coach Simper brings all of that to us. He is known in the coaching world for growing student athletes, growing coaches and growing programs. I am excited to see what he does at Cypress Woods. He is the complete candidate for this position.”
Simper currently serves as a region director for the Texas High School Coaches Association and has served as a director of the Coastal Bend Coaches Association and Corpus Christi Coaches Association.
Simper earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Southwest Texas State University and is currently working toward his Master of Educational Administration from Texas A&M International University.
“I am blessed to accept the opportunity to serve the students and community of Cypress Woods High School,” Simper said. “It is humbling to join such an accomplished staff and to strive to enrich the 212 tradition that Coach Faith and Coach David Jones have built so successfully. I am grateful to Coach Zepeda, Mr. Kinninger and the interview committee for trusting my vision for the Wildcat athletic program. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I would like to thank [Corpus Christi ISD Superintendent] Dr. Roland Hernandez and Corpus Christi ISD for an amazing 11 years. There are so many special people that became family during my time in CCISD and I will forever cherish those relationships.”