By JUSTIN RAINS
Less than 24 hours after it was confirmed that Cayuga athletic director Greg Jenkins would be leaving his alma mater for a new position in Tenaha, CISD superintendent Dr. Rick Webb wasn’t ready to put a hard timeline on when the school would fill the now-vacant position.
While stating that he’d like to have someone in place before the end of the current school year, Webb mostly focused on thanking Jenkins and his family for everything they have done for the Cayuga community.
“During Coach Jenkins’ service as Cayuga’s athletic director, our school has experienced a great deal of success,” Webb said in a release. “Partially due to his leadership, our boys and girls athletic teams have won multiple district championships in numerous sports and have made lengthy playoff runs, including multiple state tournament appearances. So, we are thankful for all the efforts he has made to help our student-athletes.”
Jenkins was approved Monday to become an assistant football and basketball coach at Tenaha ISD, while also serving in an administration capacity within the athletic department.
He leaves Cayuga after nine years. He was an assistant coach on the Wildcats 2009 state championship football team, and led the boys’ basketball team to the 2009-2010 state title as well.
Webb spoke poignantly about Jenkins, his wife Carrie — a teacher — and their two children, Hunter and Hayden. Hunter will graduate from Cayuga this spring, making him the third generation Jenkins to do so. Greg Jenkins graduated from Cayuga in 1987.
Hayden, who will be in sixth grade, will have the same chance Hunter had to be coached by his dad, and Tenaha’s chance at success in the coming years is something that Greg Jenkins emphasized as a reason for making the move.
“We have made a lot of good memories that are tied to Coach Jenkins’ tenure as our school’s athletic director,” Webb said. “But, as least as much as we will miss him, we will also miss having his wife, Carrie, here with us as an elementary teacher and Hunter and Hayden as members of our student body.”
Cayuga’s regular board meeting is set for Monday, and the item will be discussed at that time. From there, Webb said he wanted to meet with middle school principal Sherri McInnis and high school principal Greg Branch about moving forward.
“Once we can kind of put our heads together, we will need to then promptly move forward so that we can, hopefully, tend to the matter in time for our students to know who will be leading the district’s athletic program before the end of this school year,” Webb said.
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