It's Official, Lance Angel Named Canton's New Athletic Director, Coach

The new coach of Canton football has arrived.

At the district's school board meeting Thursday night the vote was unanimous. Former Cooper Coach Lance Angel will now head the Eagles.

Canton fans, faculty and booster club members turned out for the meeting to welcome the new coach and athletic director.

Angel led the 2A Cooper Bulldogs to three straight district championships. After interviewing eight candidates, district officials said it was clear, Angel was their man. He will replace former Eagles Coach Gary Joe Kinne who is now a linebacker coach at Baylor.

Coach Angel said he is excited about getting settled into his new job and meeting with his team.

"This weeks been a blur," Coach Angel said. "A lot of things have happened this week. It was tough leaving the kids at Cooper, but this was an exciting opportunity. I'm really glad to get tonight over with and away and look forward to meeting a lot of people tomorrow."

"We're going to try to go to the next level and this is the year to do it," said Canton Booster Club President Reagan Sumner. "We want to build on that for the next years down the road. So we're happy. We're happy for Coach Angel."

"He'll be around us for the offseason and summer workouts so we'll see how he is around us," said Eagle offensive lineman Randon Sumner. "I'm pretty anxious. I'm pretty anxious to get back going in pads again."

Coach Angel is scheduled to meet with his players Friday. He said he will officially start the new job in a little over a week, after spring break.

Maya Golden reporting