Spring Hill’s Mark Sartain Resigns As Athletic Director + Head Football Coach
For the second time in as many days, an East Texas football coaching job has opened up, as Spring Hill athletic director/head coach and longtime area coaching veteran Mark Sartain turned in his resignation on Wednesday.
Spring Hill ISD issued a press release stating that assistant principal Terry Waldrep, a former Pine Tree football coach, will take over AD duties on an interim basis until Sartain's replacement can be found.
It's been active couple of days for East Texas' coaching carousel. Jacksonville's Chris Taber resigned Tuesday to take the offensive coordinator position at Chapel Hill.
Sartain, who has also had head coaching stints at Eustace, Cross Roads, White Oak, Trinity Valley Community College and East Texas Baptist, went 5-15 in his two seasons at Spring Hill.
“As a veteran of 30-plus years coaching football, coach Sartain brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization, and we thank him for his service to the Spring Hill community and wish him well,” said SHISD superintendent Steven Snell. “Interim athletic director Waldrep is an outstanding candidate for interim and has the full support of Spring Hill ISD moving forward.”
Whoever takes over Spring Hill in the future will inherit a program that has not made the playoffs since 2007. The Panthers' record over the past seven years is 20-49.
Spring Hill competes in District 6-4A Division II, along with Atlanta, Center, Gladewater, Pleasant Grove, and Tatum. The Panthers were 2-8 last season.