One of East Texas' most successful coaches has decided to step down. Tatum athletic director and head football coach Andy Evans announced his plans Wednesday morning.

It was first reported by David Smoak, and later confirmed by ETSN.fm.

Evans spent 12 seasons on the sidelines at Tatum, and experienced great success. He compiled a record of 115-40 (.742) and won state championships in 2005 and 2006, and guided the Eagles to a state finals appearance in 2007.

He will remain at Tatum as an assistant athletic director next school year, and plans on assisting the district in hiring his replacement.

It was a tough 2015 both personally and professionally for Evans.

In February, his 19-year old son Scott Evans was killed in an car wreck, and Tatum was 0-10 on the football field this past season. It was the Eagles' first winless campaign since 1962.

Evans coached dozens of all-state and future college stars, including running back Lennon Creer (Tennessee, Louisiana Tech) and receiver Denarius Moore (Tennessee), who has played for three NFL teams (Oakland, Cincinnati, Buffalo) in five seasons.