There were only going to be a couple of openings that Danny David would leave Collinsville for if they came open.
And when it was his alma mater calling, he couldn’t turn the offer down.
David was hired to be Pilot Point’s athletic director and head football coach at a school board meeting on Thursday night, allowing him to return to the place he won two state championships as a player in the early 80s and then served as an assistant under the same coach, the legendary G.A. Moore, during the early 2000s.
He replaces Rob Best, who announced his retirement after five seasons when the Bearcats did not make the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.
David earned his first head coaching job at Collinsville in 2005. He had previously been an assistant at Celina and Pilot Point for nearly two decades, following Moore and learning under his former coach.
In his time with the Pirates, he has become the longest-tenured and winningest coach in the program’s history. He is 76-61 overall with three district titles and this past season went 9-3 with an area-round loss against eventual state runner-up Crawford.
Collinsville shared the 6-2A (I) crown with Valley View and Tom Bean as the Pirates returned to the playoffs for the first since 2013.
The Pirates went 1-9 in David’s first season, then shared the district title and were 9-3 after an area round defeat. It was the start of eight straight playoff appearances, including a region final run in 2009 and a region semifinal appearance in 2013.
Before winning the district title in 2006, Collinsville had waited 12 seasons to earn that moniker and David’s eight postseason berths are more than the rest (seven) in program history.
David graduated from Pilot Point in 1983. He was a sophomore when the Bearcats shared the 3A title with Tidehaven in a game that ended in a 0-0 tie and the next year earned the crown outright with a 32-0 win over Garrison.
Best was 35-28 overall at the school and Pilot Point was 2-8 this past season with a fifth-place finish in District 5-3A (I) for the second straight year. The Bearcats missed out on the playoffs in 2015 on a tie-breaker and fell a game short of tie-breaker that would have put them in the postseason.
Best was elevated to head coach before the 2011 season when Blake Feldt left to take over at Buda Hays. Pilot Point went 10-3 in 2014 and reached the region semifinals before losing to state semifinalist Mineola.
Pilot Point enters the second year of realignment in 5-3A (I) with Pottsboro, Whitesboro, Van Alstyne, Howe and Callisburg. The Bearcats had one of the toughest schedules in the entire state this past season with five opponents winning at least 10 games — including eventual state champ Gunter and 2015 state champ Brock, in back-to-back weeks no less — and another winning nine.