Canton Set To Hire Cooper Coach To Replace Kinne

Canton High School is set to hire a new head football coach and athletic director. Cooper High School head football coach and athletic director Lance Angel told KLTV 7 today he has been offered the Canton job and has accepted it, pending the approval of the Canton ISD school board on Thursday. Angel has been the head coach at Cooper the past four seasons. He was offensive coordinator at Aledo for five seasons before that. Under Angel, the 2A Cooper Bulldogs have seen some tremendous success. He went 3-8 his first season in 2002, but turned that into a 7-4 season and co-district championship in 2003. The Bulldogs were 10-3 and district champions in 2004, and 10-2 and district champions this past season.

In Canton, Angel replaces Gary Joe Kinne, who left in January to become linebackers coach with the Baylor Bears. Kinne overcame a near fatal shooting last April to lead the Eagles to the state quarterfinals, along the way, earning national coach of the year honors. Angel says he's well aware of the legacy Kinne has left and hopes to continue what Kinne started.

"You've just got to come in and gain the trust and respect of the kids," said Angel, "continue what they've done and get to work."

Angel said he has a resignation at Cooper that will go into affect on March 20 if the Canton school board approves him. That's the day he plans to start work in Canton.

The Canton school board is scheduled to meet at 5:30pm on Thursday.

Kevin Berns reporting.