Executive Director of Athletics Steve Bragg has plenty to brag about in his career spanning 36 years starting and ending in Mesquite ISD. Bragg recently announced he will retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Recent accomplishments include his 2017 Texas High School Athletic Directors Association Regional Athletic Director of the Year nomination. In 2018, he was instrumental in creating the Memorial Stadium’s Hall of Honor and assembling its inaugural class representing our district’s first century of athletic excellence.
A graduate of North Mesquite High School and North Texas State University, Bragg landed his first teaching and coaching job at his high school alma mater. During his tenure there from 1983-89, he was varsity football and head boys soccer coach. Not only did his soccer team compete in the 1986 and 1987 state tournaments, he was named The Dallas Times Herald’s 1987 Soccer Coach of the Year.
From 1989-99, Bragg served as Poteet High School’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. In 1991, he completed his master’s in education administration from East Texas State University. In 1996, he was inducted into the Mesquite ISD Apple Corps for his teaching excellence.
Before returning to North Mesquite as head football coach and campus athletic coordinator in 2001, he was named District Coach of the Year two consecutive years: Pittsburg High School (1999) and Commerce High School (2000).
Bragg experienced continued success from 2001-06 at North Mesquite, where the Stallions earned playoffs spots in 2001 and 2002 and ranked in the state’s Top 20 in 2002. Other career accolades during this period included:
- Dallas Cowboys/NFL Coach of the Week (2003, 2006)
- Selection as Head Coach, North All Star Team, Coca-Cola All Star Football Game at University of North Texas (2004)
- Election to Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors (2006)
Promoted to Mesquite ISD athletic director in 2007, Bragg has served as the district chair for 12-5A/11-6A/12-6A/5A D1 District 7-5A. Under his leadership, MISD has been recognized statewide and regionally as a top athletic program. MISD, the first public school district in the nation to begin a Concussion Return-to-Play Policy, was also a leader in drug and steroid testing and lightening policies for athletes. All of these safety measures have become state-mandated.
Other major achievements:
- Oversaw beginning of 2016 Cotton Bowl Prep Showcase
- Memorial Stadium renovation
- Record number of MISD athletes received scholarships
- Negotiated ADIDAS apparel contract with MISD athletics
- Several former MISD athletes became professional athletes in NFL, NBA and MLB
Bragg’s overall football coaching record was 54-33 (state of Texas) and 34-28 (North Mesquite High School).