Kerens Athletic Director and head football coach Terrell Harris has resigned to take a position as an assistant principal with Kerens Elementary.
"It's something I have been contemplating for a while," Harris said. "I just felt it was time for me to spend more time with my family and my kids than to be a coach.
"I feel my sons and daughters need me to be a dad more than I needed to be a coach," said Harris, who has two sons and two daughters.
Harris was an all-state running back and the Daily Sun's Del Thrash award winner as the top player in the Golden Circle when he played at Kerens, where he still owns several records as a player.
He returned to the school five years ago to take over as the AD and head football coach. He had a lot of success as his teams reached the playoffs in three of his five years despite playing demanding schedules. Harris always wanted to play tough schedules to prepare his team for the playoffs.
This year's team was not only the youngest at Kerens, but one of the youngest in the state and at times the Bobcats dressed as many as 20 freshmen and sophomores for games. The Bobcats went 1-9, but Harris remained optimistic and talked about the future of the program.
"My decision to leave has nothing to do with this year's team," he said. "We played a lot of young kids. We definitely had some good players who did some good things this year. I love the job and I love the kids. It was just time for me to make the decision for what's best for my family."