After four seasons with the Palestine Wildcats, former coach and athletic director Lance Angel is headed to Bryan, Texas.
The Bryan Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to hire Angel at its regular meeting Monday night, naming him athletic director for Bryan ISD, which mainly covers Bryan High School and James Earl Rudder High School.
“I think now, without coaching, it will be more about guiding these schools’ athletic programs,” Angel told the Herald-Press Tuesday. “There will be a lot of work involved. I’ve been coaching for 21 years, and this is an opportunity for me to start the next chapter of my career. We’re excited about the possibilities and the opportunities to take on a new challenge.”
In his four seasons at Palestine, Angel put up a 22-21 record, but last season had a successful year with the Wildcats as they made it to the playoffs.
Angel will now hang up his coaching duties and focus solely on being athletic director.
“First and foremost, I’m going to miss these kids,” Angel said. “This is a great bunch of kids. We’re leaving an incredible senior class and a lot of good classes below them. We’re going to miss all of the relationships that we had here with the kids every day and getting to see them and watch them grow. That’ll be one of the toughest parts. Obviously, there’s a lot of great people within the school district, too, along with the faculty and the school board and the community.
“Palestine’s been great to us, and it’ll be four years that my wife and I will always look back on with very fond memories,” he added.
Palestine Superintendent Jason Marshall said Angel will be missed as he moves forward with the next step in his career.