HOUSTON – David Nelson called JP Tillman after the 2017 season.
The former Northland Christian coach wanted his former quarterback to come coach quarterbacks at Houston Christian.
It didn’t work out at the time but Tillman remained interested through the year.
Following the 2018 season, Nelson made that same call.
“This year he called me and he told me he wanted me to be his guy,” Tillman said. “He wanted me to be on his staff. He had some quarterbacks that he thought I could really help out over there.”
This time the stars aligned and Tillman accepted the offer to be the Mustangs’ new Quarterbacks Coach.
“It’s kind of cool because he was my coach and now we’re coaching together,” Tillman said. “He was the one that helped me out learning how to read defenses and things like that when I was younger. It’s cool now me being with him and him teaching me how to be a coach.”
Tillman played his high school football as a quarterback at Northland Christian from 2003-2005. His senior season was spent at Cy Falls in 2006.
A few years ago, Tillman returned to Houston to start training quarterbacks across the city.
Known as the @TheQBTech on Twitter, Tillman had worked with some of the top quarterbacks in the city, including Cy-Fair’s Cam Arnold (Stephen F Austin), Cy Falls’ TJ Goodwin (UTEP), North Shore’s Dematrius Davis, Summer Creek’s John Holcombe II (Kansas State).
“I’ve been a quarterback coach and I’ve always wanted to see what things go on behind the scenes and what are the daily tasks of a coach,” Tillman said.
Tillman will get to continue to do his normal training with quarterbacks from around the city outside of football season.
After this past season – which Houston Christian went 2-8 in – Nelson had Tillman come up to the school on multiple occasions.
The conversations each time pertained around the subject of making Houston Christian great again and what Nelson’s vision are for the program.
“It’s ready to claim its spot as being one of the top programs,” Tillman said. “I think a couple of years ago it was on its way. It sputtered a little bit and changed hands but it changing hands to Coach Nelson was one of the best things for the school.
“I think Houston Christian’s got the right guy in charge an I wanted to be on that guy’s ship.”
Tillman’s first quarterback to mold at Houston Christian will be incoming junior AJ Abbott.
Last season, Abbott passed for 1,571 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“He’s really good,” Tillman said about Abbott when looking at his film. “He’s got good size – 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback that can really throw the ball. Can run it. Really nice quarterback.”