WAXAHACHIE — Evan Brady, the now-former Waxahachie High School assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator, submitted his letter of resignation Thursday afternoon amid an internal investigation that stemmed from the injury of a student.
Hired by Waxahachie ISD in 2015, Brady joined Matt Kitna, Casey Kjos and Damola Adeniji as part of the original core coaching staff current head football Coach Jon Kitna brought to Waxahachie from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington.
Brady, who was named the 2016 Waxahachie Indian Coach of the Year during the end-of-the-year banquet, is the third Waxahachie football coach to resign from the district since the end of the 2016 season.
According to his coaching profile found on WaxahachieIndians.org, Brady spent 20 years in law enforcement before he moved into the coaching realm in 2012. In college, he lettered four times as an outside linebacker at Eastern Washington University and was voted the defensive captain his senior season.
Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn stated the district was informed Wednesday of an incident that involved Brady and resulted in the injury of a student.
“Mr. Brady was immediately placed on suspension pending an investigation. Our Human Resources Department investigated the matter and accepted the resignation of Mr. Brady this afternoon,” Glenn stated. “The resignation is effective immediately. WISD has communicated relevant information surrounding the incident to the appropriate state agencies.”
According to WISD Director of Public Relations Jenny Bridges, the internal investigation is complete. However, she noted that the district could not speak on behalf of any potential investigations by an outside agency. She also stated the well-being of the students in WISD is the utmost priority for the administration.
“The safety and security of our students is our number one priority,” Bridges said. “Anytime that there is an incident where a student is involved we will investigate thoroughly and to the fullest extent.”
Bridges also confirmed that Margo Brady, the wife of the former coach, is still in her role as a secretary in the WISD Athletics Department. She stated the coaching vacancy would likely be filled when the district begins hiring for the 2017-18 school year.
Brady joins Adeniji and Ronnie Allen as Waxahachie Indian football coaches who have resigned since the final snap of 2016.
Adeniji served as the varsity offensive coordinator and has since been replaced by former Cedar Hill coach Aaron Woods. Woods was hired during the regular February session of the WISD Board of Trustees. Before his move to Waxahachie, Woods was the assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator for the Cedar Hill Longhorn football program.
Allen resigned from his role as the head freshman football coach and special education teacher at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy via an email sent to Lee Auvenshine, WISD Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and Legal Services, on Oct. 19.
In the email obtained by the Daily Light, Allen thanked WISD for “giving me the opportunity to coach and teach in the great state of Texas.” He cited a “reoccurring health condition” for his resignation.
“I will resign my position as a Special Educator and football coach for WISD, effective 18 December, 2016 [sic]," Allen wrote in his email. "This year has been the most thrilling year of my life, and I am forever indebted to you and your wonderful staff for this opportunity of a lifetime.”
According to his personnel file, Allen was an assistant football coach on Kitna’s staff at Tacoma High School in 2014 before serving as a volunteer for the head coach at Waxahachie High School in 2015. He ended his letter of resignation with "Roll Tribe!"
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith