Head Football Coach
Coach Shaun McDowell entered his 1st year as Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Director for the Grand Oaks Grizzlies of Conroe ISD on January 3, 2023. Prior to Grand Oaks, Coach McDowell was Head Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Foster High School of Lamar Consolidated ISD from March 2013-December 2022. In February 2012, Coach McDowell served as the Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Willowridge High School in Fort Bend ISD. Previous assistant coaching stops include Ft. Bend Bush and Cy-Creek High Schools. This will be Coach McDowell's 20th year coaching.
In his tenure at Foster High School, Coach McDowell earned a head coaching record of 85-34. He has an overall head coaching record of 88-41. In 2016, Coach McDowell and the Falcons went 14-1 and reached the 5A State Semi-Final game. Coach McDowell has helped many athletes play on the collegiate level and in the National Football League. The NFL players coached by Coach McDowell include Russell Okung, Cameron Fleming, and most recently CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach McDowell graduated from and played high school football for Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD. After high school, Coach McDowell received an appointment and football scholarship to the US Coast Guard Academy where he played fullback and was a member of the 1997 Freedom Football Conference Champions and helped the team earn a berth to the 1997 NCAA Division III playoffs. After the Coast Guard, Coach McDowell earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a Masters of Education Administration from Lamar University.
Coach McDowell is heavily involved in local and state level organizations that enhance the game of football and the coaching profession. He is currently a Texas High School Coaches Association Board Director, Treasurer for the State 7on7 Organization, Past President and current webmaster for the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association, and a member of the Touchdown Club of Houston Player of the Year selection committee.
Coach McDowell is married to Amanda and they have six children, Maya (20), Ella (17), Shaun (16), Kyler (9), Kaia (4) and Garrett (4).