Written by Brandon George
Ennis football coach Sam Harrell retiring
Ennis football coach Sam Harrell, who has battled multiple sclerosis since 2005, said Thursday night that he is retiring from coaching. The Ennis ISD is set to make a formal announcement today.
Steve Marrow coached Ennis this season while Harrell, whose health had declined, was reassigned as the director of the Ennis ISD's Career and Technology Education program. Harrell said he would remain as the CTE director.
Harrell, 54, said he met Thursday with Ennis ISD superintendent Barbara Qualls and athletic director Bill Cox to talk about his health.
"I'm still not healthy enough to coach, and that's what I told them," Harrell said. "It wasn't a decision of whether I wanted to return or not."
Harrell began coaching at Ennis in 1994, leading the Lions to a 153-51 record, 13 consecutive playoff appearances and three Class 4A state championships (2000, 2001 and 2004). His overall record in 20 seasons as a head coach is 189-59.
This summer, Harrell flew to Panama for a few weeks of stem cell treatments. He said the treatments have helped and he's better than he was a year ago. Harrell plans to return to Panama in March.
Harrell said that if he continues to improve over the next few years, he would consider a return to coaching.