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Former Palestine Football Coach Robby Clark.  Clark resigned from PISD Thursday.

Palestine High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Robby Clark resigned Thursday to take a job as boys athletics director and head football coach at Krum High School, 160 miles northwest of Palestine.

Clark's resignation takes effect immediately.

Clark's wife, Jamie Clark, principal of Palestine's A.M. Story Elementary, also resigned. Her resignation takes effect at the end of the school year.

Leaving is bittersweet, Clark told the Herald-Press Thursday. His father, who lives in the Krum area, has been in poor health lately; he is happy to move closer to him. Leaving his coaching position at PHS, and saying goodbye to friends, however, will be difficult, he said.

“Everyone needs to know how much of a blessing its been to have served here,” Clark said. “I'm especially going to miss the kids; I'm thankful for all the hard work they've done.”

In four years with the Wildcats, starting in 2015, Clark failed to lead the team to a winning season, compiling an overall record of 13 wins and 27 losses. Three of his teams posted losing records and one, in 2016, compiled a record of 5-5.

Clark came under controversy in 2017 when he and his staff did not call emergency services after a locker-room assault left varsity football player Michael Stanczak with a severed jaw, visible bruising, and multiple other injuries.

School officials said they will begin an immediate search for Clark's replacement, as well as a new principal for Story Elementary. Information about the positions will be available on the district's website, www.palestineschools.org, by the middle of next week.

“Palestine Independent School District wishes...Clark good luck,” school officials said in a prepared statement. “Palestine ISD appreciates the Clark family and the commitment they have shown to Palestine.”

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