Coach Spencer Gilbert

Dallas ISD confirmed Wednesday that Spencer Gilbert will be named the next head football coach at Carter, pending approval at Thusday’s school board meeting.

With Gilbert as offensive coordinator, Lancaster consistently had one of the better offenses in the Dallas area over the past seven years. The Tigers averaged at least 31 points per game in all seven seasons, including a high of 45.8 points per game this past season. The offense was a big reason why Lancaster went 11-3 and made it to the regional finals.

Gilbert takes over for Patrick Williams, who has coached at Carter since 2011. Williams finished with a record of 52-46, including six trips to the postseason. Carter went 6-5 this past season and lost 56-23 to Argyle in the first round of the playoffs.

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On March 12, hours before the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved him as Carter’s head football coach, Spencer Gilbert visited his new school.

He was eager to meet whichever players hadn’t yet left campus — about 20 that Thursday afternoon — and offer a quick introduction and pep talk.

“I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Gilbert said, “and be the last time I’d see them.”

Gilbert returned the next day to Lancaster to finish his role as offensive coordinator. Carter went on spring break the following week. Before vacation ended, Dallas ISD closed all campuses because of COVID-19 coronavirus concerns. No Texas schools will reopen at least before Gov. Greg Abbott’s current May 4 mandate.

Gilbert’s situation illustrates the conundrum new coaches around the Dallas area and the state face amid the global pandemic: How does someone new to a role, colleagues and players implement their plans and expectations with no contact with the team and facilities?

The results so far: positional and team meetings over video-conferencing system Zoom, virtual staff interviews and constant hope the highly contagious virus soon subsidies for the sake of public health and a return to the path they envisioned their promotions would follow.

“Everybody’s trying to pivot now,” Gilbert said. “We’re probably looking at summertime, hopefully, before I can even get a chance to be around the guys.”"

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