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Coaching Changes — Palestine

Palestine has hired Lance Angel to become their next athletic director and head football coach. Angel will replace Booker Bowie who retired after the 2009 season.

Bowie was going to retire after the 2006 school year but decided to work as an administrator at Palestine. After sitting out the 2007 football season which was the first time he was not coaching in over 30 years, Bowie became the interim athletic director when Glen Tunstall was reassigned in November 2007. He was given the official title of athletic director in January 2008. Before 2006, he was the defensive coordinator since 2002.

Lance Angel has spent eight years as a head football coach and athletic director has 17 years of overall coaching experience. Angel started his coaching career as an assistant at Wink, Elgin and Aledo. As the offensive coordinator at Aledo, his team went to the state championship in 1998.

His first head coaching experience came at 2A Cooper in 2002. He coached their for 4 years and then tok over the head coaching job at 3A Canton. He has been at Canton for the last 4 seasons. He had a 29-18 record at Cooper and was 26-19 at Canton. His career record is career total 55-37.

Coach Angel is taking over a team that made the playoffs for the first time in three years. Prior to last year the Wildcats had made the playoffs five straight years. The will be competing in District 20-3A which includes his dads old team Fairfield. Other teams in the district are Groesbeck, Madisonville, Mexia and Palestine Westwood.

Lances dad is Randy Angel was a 100+ game winner at Fairfield.

By: Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron

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