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Cris Dishman, a former American football cornerback who played 13-yrs in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers, the Washington Redskins (now Commanders), Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings, boasts 2 Pro Bowl Selections, played in 299 NFL games, All Madden Team (1997) with 43 career interceptions; served as a team captain and player rep for many years. Taking his relentless work ethic to the next level, Dishman transitioned into coaching in 2005 which kicked off a 19+ year coaching career in the NFL Europe, NCAA, NFL, CFL, USFL, and the XFL. Coach Dishman currently serves as the Head Football Coach for Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. Born in Louisville, KY, Dishman, a Purdue University dual-sport athlete and graduate is married to Jennifer and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and members of the community.


The grandson of legendary jockey, Clarence Pick Dishman, Cris Dishman, the youngest of five children born to Clarence and Nella Dishman was destined for greatness. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky - a few minutes from "the Greatest" - Muhammad Ali's childhood home it seems natural that Cris Dishman's hopes and dreams were larger than life. Crediting his family every step of the way - sports and high achievement were the expectations in the Dishman household.

A multi-sport athlete at DeSales High School and a dual sport athlete at Purdue University - Cris Dishman paved his way through hard work as a student and athlete. Drafted in 1988 to the Houston Oilers, his professional football career began. Known as a passionate player on the field; a beast in his strength and conditioning habits - his 13-yr All Pro Career with the Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Minnesota Vikings seemed destined.


Making two Pro Bowl appearances; being a player rep and team captain through the years, Cris Dishman became more than a pro player - he became a leader in his community. Retiring in 2000 Cris Dishman took time out to pursue his passion with horses and ranching. In 2005, answering the call to give back as a teacher of the game, Cris Dishman became a coach. Just like his playing days, his journey to coaching was equally unique. One of the only coaches in the U.S. whose resume touts NFL Europe, NFL, NCAA - Division III, NCAA Division I (Power 5 Program) , the Canadian Football League (CFL), the USFL, the XFL, and the USFL. Cris Dishman has coached at all levels. 

In 2024, Coach Dishman answered the call to be the 18th Head Coach of Texas Southern University's Football Program in Houston, TX. 

Dishman is married to Jennifer and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and members of the community.

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