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Bryan ISD Board Approves Hire of a New Athletic Director

During its regular meeting Monday, May 19, the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees approved Superintendent Tommy Wallis’ recommendation to hire Lance Angel as athletic director.

Angel, a veteran coach and athletic director, replaces Harry Francis, who announced his retirement this Spring after serving nearly three decades in Bryan ISD.

“We’re excited about Coach Angel joining our district and watching him build upon the success Mr. Francis enjoyed,” Wallis said. “He is respected throughout the state and will focus his considerable energy on attaining the very best our student athletes can achieve.”

Angel has served in similar positions for 12 years, most recently as athletic director and head football coach for Palestine ISD, since 2010. His teams in Palestine won 10 different district titles, with seven of eight sports qualifying for playoffs in the past two years. During his tenure, the percentage of student athletes increased from 25 percent of the student body to 41 percent.

Prior to serving in Palestine, Angel was athletic director and head football coach in Canton ISD (2006-2010), where teams won 10 titles in various sports and he was named District Coach of the Year (2007).

From 2002 – 2006, Angel served Cooper ISD as athletic director, head football coach and head track coach, leading teams to district championships. He served in assistant coaching roles for Aledo ISD (offensive coordinator for football), Elgin ISD (varsity football, secondary and running backs) and Wink ISD (varsity football, secondary and receivers).
Throughout his career, he taught high school world geography, economics and government. He is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, the Texas Track Coaches Association and the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association.
Angel earned a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and has pursued graduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University.

He will assume the helm for athletics in Bryan ISD upon Francis’ retirement, later this summer.

Photo: Lance Angel