Written by Corbett Smith
Former Lincoln head coach James Argenti to return to DISD as Skyline assistant
James Argenti's retirement didn't last long. Just a few months after announcing his retirement after 30 years in Dallas ISD, the Lincoln head football coach/campus athletic coordinator is lining up to return to the district.
Argenti will rejoin Reginald Samples' staff at Skyline. His exact role hasn't been ironed out as of yet, but he's likely to be involved with some aspect of the offense.
"I was pleasantly surprised," Samples said. "I'm glad we are going to be able to make something work."
Argenti has worked with Samples at Madison and Lincoln, serving as his offensive coordinator at Lincoln from 2000 to 2003 before moving on to become Pinkston's head coach. He returned to Lincoln in 2009 as head coach, leading the school to a 10-2 record in 2012 despite being one of the smallest Class 4A schools in the state.
That Argenti returned to coaching isn't a surprise; his plan was to move back to his hometown of Pittsburgh to spend more time with his 91-year-old father, with a possible return to the sidelines in his future. When I saw him on Tuesday at the Texas High School Coaches Association, Argenti joked that his father kicked him out of the house. In truth, Argenti's father understood where his son should be - helping Dallas kids just like he's done for the past three decades.