Hugh Sandifer is a 1973 graduate of Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian University, lettering in basketball and baseball. He received his B.S. and his M.E.D. from ACU. Sandifer spent his entire 25 years in the coaching profession at Abilene Wylie with a variety of coaching responsibilities. He has been head coach/athletic director for the last 18 years. During this time the Bulldogs have advanced to the playoffs thirteen times including 11 of the last 12 years. In 1994 Wylie advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in school history. Sandifer was selected 3A Coach of the Year by the Abilene Reporter News. In 2000, Wylie advanced to the 3A semi-finals while capturing their fifth straight district title. In 2001, Sandifer received the Chuck Moser Award and was the Abilene Reporter News Super Team Coach of the Year. His career record at Wylie is 146-63-4. Sandifer has served as a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association Advisory Committee and Board of Directors. He was also a successfull basketball coach and has the distinction of being nominated to coach the North All-Stars in football and basketball. He was selected to coach the South in the 2000 Big Country FCA All-Star Game. Sandifer recently received the High School Extra Coach Who Makes A Difference Award in 2002. Hugh and his wife, Brenda, a Wylie High School counselor, have been married for 24 years and have two daughters – Dakota (16) and Madison (12).
2004 Tom Landry Award