This Coach is Ready to Tackle Rebuilding a Texas Football Team from Scratch

The Wesleyan Rams haven’t played a game since 1941.

By Laura RiceAugust 5, 2016 10:22 am

Texas Wesleyan University’s football team has been undefeated since 1941. Of course, the team hasn’t played a game since shortly after Pearl Harbor, when most of its players went off to fight in World War II. The Fort Worth team never rebuilt after that. But coach Joe Prud’homme is rebuilding the team that once was.

Prud’homme won seven state championships with Nolan Catholic High, a school right down the road from Texas Wesleyan. He says he couldn’t stay away from an opportunity to build his own team.

“Just the lure of building a program from scratch and from the ground up, and be able to (build) your own culture… have your fingerprints all over it,” he says. “I couldn’t turn that down.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What Prud’homme is looking for in players he’d like to sign onto the team

– The challenges he’s encountered in building the team from the ground up

– What it costs to get Wesleyan football up and running