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Search underway for Edna athletic director/football coach

By MIKE FORMAN
Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 21, 2014 at 7:22 p.m.

Edna head coach Mike Pierce, middle, looks on as an athletic trainer attends to an injured Edna player.

MIKE PIERCE FILE

• ASSISTANT COACH: Industrial, Tidehaven, Rosenberg Terry

• Head football coach: 11 seasons, Tidehaven (1995-2000), Edna (2007-2013)

• OVERALL RECORD: 73-51-1

• RECORD AT EDNA: 36-26, 4 playoff appearances

Edna has begun the search for a new athletic director and head football coach following the retirement of Mike Pierce.

Pierce delivered a letter announcing his retirement at the end of the school year to the school district's board of trustees at Tuesday night's meeting.

"Coach Pierce's tenure has seen many accomplishments in both individual sports in terms of postseason titles, regional tournament appearances and a state championship in track in 2012," Edna superintendent Robert O'Connor said in a Wednesday news release. "Numerous athletes from Edna have gone on to participate in college athletics under his tenure with seven athletes earning Division I scholarships. Edna ISD appreciates the efforts and accomplishments of coach Pierce and wishes him the best in future endeavors."

Pierce, 51, has coached for 30 years and has been a head coach for 11 seasons, including five at his alma mater Tidehaven and the last six at Edna.

He had an overall record of 73-51-1 and went 36-26 in Edna, where he led the team to four playoff appearances.

"In my career, I was lucky enough to be around some great kids and to coach in the state golf tournament, state basketball tournament, state track meet and coach in the state football playoffs for 23 of my 30 years," Pierce said in statement released Wednesday. "As athletic director, our boys and girls athletic teams won 35 postseason titles and won the first boys state championship in the history of the school in 2012 when we won the state track and field championship."

Pierce said he has no definitive plans and wasn't sure if he would ever return to coaching.

"I want to thank the community of Edna for supporting our Cowboys and Cowgirls. It has been an honor to have served Edna ISD and I wish the best for Edna ISD athletics and that full support will be given to the next athletic director from everyone involved."

O'Connor said the district will advertise the position before forming a screening committee to select "a small pool" of applicants to be interviewed.

"We will be diligent in looking for a candidate that is the right fit for the school and community with a history of proven success," he said.

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