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1/19/06-Henderson

Lee Coach To Interview At Henderson

Robert E. Lee may soon be looking for a new head football coach. That's if Henderson ISD Superintendent Tommy Alexander has anything to say about. Alexander informed the HISD school board he has already compiled a short list to fill the Lions vacant head coaching and athletic director position. And, it's a very short list.

"I told them I have one coach in mind," said Alexander.

That coach is Mike Owens, who led the Red Raiders to the Class 5A Division I state championship in 2004. According to Alexander, Owens is scheduled to visit Henderson High school on Friday to tour the facilities and meet their coaches and administrators. And if it was up to him, the courting process would be short and sweet.

"The game plan is to call a special school board on Monday and recommend Coach Owens for the job," said Alexander.

No other coaches will interview for the job until Owens decides if he wants it or not. Alexander says he expects that decision by Monday.

TISD Athletic Director Danny Long said tonight he is well aware of Owen's scheduled visit with Henderson and isn't surprised.

"When you have quality folks like Owens and [John Tyler Coach] Thomas Brooks, you expect that to happen," Long said.

Long, a former head football coach at Jacksonville and Baytown Sterling, added, it's just the nature of the business.

"As someone who has been in the situation," Long said, "you just never know until you look. Mike Owens has to do what is best for him and his wife."

TISD will continue to monitor the situation closely and is prepared to address the issue if it progresses further.

Henderson ISD voted on Tuesday to re-assigned coach Reid Waller within the district. Under Waller, the Lions finished 3-7 and in 7th place this past season in District 17-4A. After winning 9 games in 2002, Waller's Lions won just 11 games over the next three years. Waller went 20-24 as Henderson's head coach.

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com

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