ROHS’ Quintero returning to Cedar Park

Head football coach leaves after one year for 5A state runner-up

Joseph Hoyt
The Dallas Morning News
Red Oak head football coach Michael Quintero holds the region semifinal trophy as he talks to his players following a double-overtime victory over Lubbock Coronado in Wichita Falls. After one year as the Hawks’ head coach, Quintero has been named as the head coach at Cedar Park.

Red Oak football coach Michael Quintero will be the next head coach at Cedar Park, a source confirmed to The Dallas Morning News on Monday.

The news was announced to the Red Oak football team on Monday, a source said. Bob Ballou of CBS Austin, KEYE-TV, was the first to report the news.

Quintero will replace Carl Abseck, who left Cedar Park for Barbers Hill this offseason. Cedar Park is coming off a 59-14 state championship loss to Denton Ryan.

The move is a bit of a homecoming for Quintero. He was the defensive coordinator at Cedar Park under former head coach Joe Willis, who now coaches at Tyler Legacy after a stint at Colleyville Heritage.

Quintero was an assistant at Red Oak but took over as the school’s head coach when former Red Oak coach Chris Ross left for Lovejoy in February 2020.

In one year under Quintero, Red Oak went 9-3 and made it to the regional finals before falling 41-38 to Mansfield Summit.