Daingerfield searched the neighborhood and found the coach it wanted. After two years in Woodville as head football coach and athletic director, Mike Waldie has accepted the same position with the Tigers.
The Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD school board approved Waldie’s hire by a unanimous vote. He will take over the new post on March 1.
“We’re excited to welcome Coach Michael Waldie and his family into the district,” Superintendent Sandra Quarles said in a prepared statement. “I’ve told him several times that this is best place to be in Texas, and that everybody looks better in blue.”
Despite the unanimous vote, Waldie’s hiring created controversy. Dozens of parents and other supporters gathered around the J. D. Parrish Administration Building prior to the board meeting to express support and consideration for Coach Michael Mason. Mason has worked for the district for more than 10 years.
According to parent Amelia Williams, two petitions, one by students and one by parents, had been circulated and signed urging the district to hire Mason as athletic director. Williams expressed frustration that Quarles never presented the petitions to the school board.
“(Quarles) took it upon herself to not even submit (the petition),” she told the Longview News-Journal. “In our opinion, it made the kids fell like they had no voice or that their opinions didn’t matter.”
Waldie finished 13-8 with the Eagles, posting a 7-4 mark in 2015, their first seven-win season since 1996. Woodville made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2011.
The Euless Trinity and Sam Houston State graduate replaces Aric Sardinea, who accepted the head coaching position at Alief Elsik. Sardinea compiled a 38-28 mark with the Tigers including a state championship appearance in 2012.
Waldie previously served as head coach/AD at Luling where he posted an 8-12 record. He also held defensive coordinator positions at Jacksonville, Livingston, Mount Pleasant, and Nacogdoches.