Waxahachie High School will have a new tennis coach in the fall.
Perry Nutt, who had been the varsity head coach of the Indians the last five years, will be a junior high tennis coach in Ennis.
Nutt grew up in Ennis and is ecstatic about being able to coach in his hometown.
“This really is a bittersweet situation. It was hard to take this position and leave my kids in Waxahachie, but I thought if I didn’t take the chance to go home now, it might not come back again,” Nutt said. “It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to go back to my hometown and coach with the man that taught me how to play tennis.”
That coach is Keith Howard, from whom Nutt began learning when he was in seventh grade.
“I had to pull the trigger and take it. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s exciting too,” Nutt said. “We did a lot of work in Waxahachie to help improve that program, but Ennis already has a lot of things in place.”
Nutt was offered the position while he was on vacation, but told WHS Athletic Director David Ream that he was thinking about taking the job as soon as he could.
“I told coach Ream that I was considering it and a few days later, I decided to take it,” Nutt said. “I wanted to give coach Ream as much time as possible to find somebody new.”
While taking the job was the toughest decision Nutt has ever made, the hardest part about this was telling the kids.
“I tried to tell all of the kids face-to-face, but with people being on vacation right now, it was tough to get a hold of them all,” Nutt said. “I didn’t want them to feel like I was up and leaving them. The kids that are seniors this year, I taught them all the way through high school and I didn’t want them to find out on Facebook.”
The coach will still live in Waxahachie as his wife works at Northside Elementary and will definitely look back and smile while thinking about his time at the high school.
“The other coaches, the kids, parents and everybody were just so nice to me,” Nutt said. “It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever made and it’s definitely bittersweet.”
Another perk to his new job will be getting to teach something he loves at the junior high school.
“I will be doing an outdoor adventure class, which will include hunting and fishing and that outdoors stuff that I love,” Nutt said. “I will also be doing work with media production, which will help use my radio-TV-film degree I got (from TCU).”
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