Danny Russell from Garland was tabbed Monday night to be the 20th head coach in Wichita Falls High School’s history.
Russell replaces Jayson Lavender, who resigned in December after four seasons. The hire as the head coach and athletic coordinator at WFHS was approved at a board meeting Monday.
Russell has served as the defensive coordinator at Garland since 2001. He was the secondary coach on the 1999 Class 5A State Championship team with the Owls.
Russell, 46, is a 1984 graduate of Garland where he was an all-district player in football and baseball. He played college baseball at Panola College and the University of North Texas.
Russell and Lavender have ties at Garland. Lavender was a defensive backs coach under Russell there.
Russell has been somewhere the Coyotes haven’t recently and that’s the playoffs. The teams he coached on won 14 district championships, including the past two years. He has coached on 17 playoff teams and in 30 playoff games.
“We feel that Danny Russell will be a perfect fit for WFHS,” WFISD athletic director Kenny Catney said. “He demonstrated that with his successful experience at Garland High School.
“We believe that Danny is in agreement with our mission on education, discipline and character development.”
Catney also noted that Russell has experience with a choice program in Garland which should help him here.
“It’s a great hire, it’s not often you can get a guy with his credentials,” Lavender said of his successor. “I’m excited about the hire as a Coyote. I know how he is with kids. All these accolades he has with his defense is one thing, but the main thing is his care for kids.”