The Waxahachie Indians football team will have a new offensive coordinator in the fall.
More preferably, the Indians will hopefully have a new coordinator in place before the start of spring practice, as Zac Harrell was officially hired as the new head football coach and athletic director for Athens ISD, according to a district-issued press release.
The AISD release notes the hire was confirmed Thursday evening by the AISD Board of Trustees.
Harrell previously spent time on coaching staffs at Van, Prosper, Denton Ryan, Sweetwater and Alvarado ISDs, with the majority of those years served as the offensive coordinator, before landing in Waxahachie this past April.
"Coach Harrell has the background and necessary skills to take our athletic programs to new heights," stated AISD Superintendent Blake Stiles in the release. "I can't wait to get him here working with our athletes."
Harrell, who is the eldest son of hall-of-fame head coach Sam Harrell, begins his new role Tuesday. He won a state championship with his father, Sam, and the Ennis Lions in 2000, which is where he graduated from in 2001.
"I always thought Athens could be a great place for me," stated Harrell in the AISD press release. "So I'm beyond excited that I've been given this opportunity."
During an interview with the Daily Light ahead of the 97th annual Battle of 287 played this past August in Ennis, Harrell said that coaching is the only profession he's ever considered.
"My dad was a coach. My granddad was a coach. That is all I knew was coaching in sports,” Harrell explained. “Really, until however old I was when I thought about what I wanted to do, coaching was all I ever thought about. Dad used to always say, ‘ I can't believe they pay me to do this job.’ It is not really a job. It is something we have a passion for and that is very enjoyable.”
He added, “I love coaching because number one you get to have an impact on kids, and you can change kids lives, and football or sports gives you that avenue to change kids lives. I saw that living with Dad because we had numerous kids who would live with us for periods of time because they had nowhere else to go. That impacted me.”