The Calallen Independent School District will be holding a dedication ceremony on Aug. 28 for the naming of Phil Danaher Field at Wildcat Stadium.

The event will take place at 6:45 p.m. at the stadium, with CISD administration, staff, students and community members invited to attend. Area dignitaries will also be on hand to participate in the ceremony, school officials said.

The CISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted in May to rename the field inside Wildcat stadium after the football team's head coach of 25 years after superintendent Arturo Almendarez proposed the measure.

At the time, Almendarez said members of the community had approached him about the possibility of honoring Danaher by renaming the high school football field after him.

The idea struck the superintendent as a good one, he added, since Danaher is the only Wildcats head coach to lead the team onto the field of Wildcat Stadium.

The field has recently been upgraded with a $500,000 installation of synthetic turf, as part of the district's numerous bond projects. An additional $300,000 has gone towards renovations of the track that surrounds the field.

Danaher, who said in May that the district's decision to rename the field after him was "a humbling experience," is also 64 wins away from being the all-time winningest coach in Texas high school football history, school officials said. Earlier this year, the district awarded Danaher a contract extension through the 2010-11 school year.

The ceremony will take place prior to the Calallen Wildcats' game against the Edcouch Elsa Yellow Jackets.

Statistics for Calallen Wildcats head coach Phil Danaher

Overall record: 276-51-2

District record: 144-16-1

Playoff record: 56-24

Under Danaher's leadership, Wildcats have:

Won 55 consecutive district games Gone undefeated in regular season 10 times Gone undefeated in district 14 times Won 10 or more games in 16 consecutive seasons, a Texas record Been to the playoffs in 24 straight seasons


Danaher is currently third all-time winning coach in Texas high school football history Ranked second among most winning active coaches in state Ranked 18th all-time among active coaches nationally Overall career record of 344-88-4 is only 64 victories away from becoming No. 1 winning coach in Texas history.