Defensive Coordinator Donald Hopkins Will Helm Program in 2020

Notre Dame Catholic School is pleased to announce Mr. Donald Hopkins has been promoted to the position of head varsity football coach. 

Hopkins replaces previous Knights head coach Don Carlson who announced his retirement after the 2019-2020 football season. Carlson amassed an impressive overall record during his 10 seasons as Notre Dame’s head coach, which included numerous district championships, postseason appearances and advancing to back-to-back TAPPS 1-A Div. III Six-Man state championship games.

“We are all very grateful to Coach Carlson for his many years of outstanding service to our student athletes,” said Kristin Berend, Notre Dame Athletic Director. His dedication to the school’s athletic department made an impact in the lives of our students that extended far beyond the field of play.”

“We are excited to bring Coach Hopkins on as head football coach. He has been a vital part of our program for several years and we know he will continue our proud tradition of Notre Dame football.”

Hopkins began his coaching career at Notre Dame in 2013 as head middle school football coach, and has served under Carlson for the past five years as the varsity team’s defensive coordinator.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity not only to help these young kids reach their athletic potential, but also helping them learn how to become better young men,” Hopkins said.

The Knights advanced to the bi-district championship game and finished second in district play in 2019.