Lee Wigginton will replace Chad Morris at the helm of one of the most high-profile football programs in Texas.
ALEN, Texas – In high school, Elena has a new head football coach.
Lee Wigginton, who has been the head coach of Midlothian Heritage since the school opened in 2016, will now lead the Eagles program, the independent school district of Helen announced Monday morning.
Wiginton will replace Chad Morris at the helm of one of the most high-profile football programs in Texas.
Morris, a former SMU and Arkansas head coach, has announced he is resigning earlier this month to return to college level.
Wiginton, who is also president of the Texas High School Coaches Association, will bring a good track record from the Midlothian Heritage, where he passed 61-19 and won four district and area championships. In 2019, he led Heritage to the state quarterfinals.
“You can go almost anywhere in the country and people will learn the name of Elena Eagles and the existing culture of excellence in teaching and extracurricular activities,” Wiginton said in a press release Monday. “I look forward to working closely with our coaches and administration to provide our student-athletes with the tools they need to succeed during the school day, on game days and in their personal lives.”
Prior to joining Heritage, Wiginton was the head coach of Midlatian High School from 2010 to 2015. Wiginton was also the head coach at Mexican High School in Central Texas.
Wiginton graduated from Angela State University and received a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Texas, the Alena School District reports.
“Coach Wigginton made all the right choices for Allen in the interview process: created a solid plan to instill a culture of victory in every aspect of the program, leading with innovation, and honoring Allen’s incredible traditions and focusing on the importance of uniting our community. providing communication between players, coaches, parents and stakeholders, ”Athletics Director Elena Kim Garner said in a statement.
Allen has been one of the most – if not the most – dominant high school programs in Texas in the last decade.
The Eagles have won five state championships in Texas ’biggest classification since 2008, including three in a row with Kyler Murray in 2012-2014. In 2017, the Eagles won another title.
Morris spent just one season at Helen, leading the Eagles to an 11-3 record and reaching the state quarterfinals.
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