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3/28/05-Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Hires New Football Coach

The Chapel Hill Bulldogs are set to begin a new era on the football field. The Chapel Hill ISD Board voted unanimously tonight, to hire Phil Castles as the Bulldogs new head football coach. Castles has spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Elysian Fields. The Yellowjackets went 28-9 under his watch, making the playoffs all three seasons. He was an assistant at Sulphur Springs and Texas High before that. Coach Castles says he's ready for the challenge of stepping up to 3A, and feels like moving to Chapel Hill is a homecoming of sorts.

"I'm excited to be here," said Castles. "I think it's going to be a good fit. I'm originally from the Kilgore area. I was born in Tyler, so we're glad to be back in this area. My wife, her family is from Canton. My mom lives here in Tyler. My father is still in Kilgore, so we're definitely close to home."

Coach Castles says he will bring a passing offense to Chapel Hill to help compete in the tough 15-3A district and build on last seasons playoff success.

"We want to take all the positives and expand on those," said Castles, "and hopefully bring another element to it. I think the former head coach [David Norris] did a great job in getting those guys going in the right direction and we just want to continue that."

Castles plans to meet with the Bulldogs players and coaches on Tuesday. He'll officially take over full time on May 1.

Kevin Berns reporting.

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