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Henderson Hires New Head Football Coach/Athletic Director

After two false starts, Henderson finally scores a touchdown.  In a unanimous decision, the Henderson ISD chool board approved the hiring of Dickey Meeks as their new head football coach and athletic director.  After unsuccessfully courting Robert E. Lee's Mike Owens and Longview's John King, HISD Superintendent Tommy Alexander finally got his man.

"It came back around to someone with deep routes in East Texas," Alexander said.  I was convinced after the first week of the process that I wanted someone with East Texas roots, and they don't get much deeper thatn what Dickey has.  He's got 18 years here in the area, 12 in Louisiana, and he was a good fit for our school district and our community."

Meeks comes to Henderson after six years in Mount Vernon, where he guided the Tigers to six playoff appearances and two district championships. He coached four seasons at Pine Tree before that, but may best be remembered for his days at Chapel Hill, where, in 1989, his Bulldogs won the 4A state championship, beating A&M Consolidated 14-0.   He has a career record of 192-131-6.  He has twice been named state coach of the year, in Louisiana in 1979, and in Texas in 1989.

"He's got an outstanding record that speaks for itself," Alexander said, "but he's a program man.  He wants all programs to do well, very supportive and he'll do well for our school district."

The 51-year-old  Meeks said, despite being in a good situation in Mount Vernon, the Lions job was too good to pass up.

"We were very much settled there," Meeks said.  "But, when an opportunity comes like this, in an area that you know, and with people that you know, I think it's time I take a look at that."

Meeks said Henderson has proven in the past they can win, and there's no reason to believe they can't return to that winning tradition.

"It can be done," Meeks said.  "If you take one positive step and get all the little things right, then big things will come."

He plans to bring two coaches with him immediately, then look at things from there.  His first order of business will be to meet the current coaches and players.

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com  

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