Chip Darden

Lubbock-Cooper head coach Chip Darden

All-City Coach of the Year
Chip Darden


Chip Darden & Lubbock-Cooper

  • In a season that began with top-shelf expectations, Darden and his staff had to guide the Pirates through an injury minefield, particularly on offense where quarterback Holt Gibson missed time and speedy running back Kaleb Stripling for most of the season. But Cooper kept clicking and used a tough loss to Frenship as powerful incentive that carried the team to a fourth consecutive unbeaten district championship and back to the Class 5A Division II state semifinals for the second time in three years.


Lubbock-Cooper coaching staff

Head coach: Chip Darden (3rd season)

Offensive coordinator -- Bob Backus

Defensive coordinator -- Clay White

Special Teams coordinator -- Trevor Owens

Offensive line -- Lee Hays & Matt Darden

Defensive ends -- Austin Taylor, Chris Baker & Brenon Rhodes

Defensive tackles -- Cory Lynch

Safeties -- David Lakeman

Outside linebackers -- Kent Culpepper

Cornerbacks -- Clint White

Running backs -- Ed Robison

Receivers -- Dustin Schulte & Reilly Gwin

Tight ends -- Paul Crosthwait

Operations -- Sylas Politte