Beaumont Ozen needs an experienced football coach right away. David Suggs resigned his position as the Panthers head coach and athletic coordinator on the eve of spring practice.
Suggs will remain with Beaumont ISD until his contract expires June 30. He plans to pursue other employment options but would be open to taking a coaching position outside of Beaumont ISD.
“I’ve enjoyed my stay at Ozen, and I wish the program and everyone at the school the very best,” he told the Beaumont Enterprise.
Suggs spent two seasons with the Panthers, compiling a 9-12 record with a single playoff appearance. In 15 seasons as a head coach, he posted an 87-72 mark with additional stops at Fort Bend Willowridge, Port Arthur Lincoln, Beaumont Central, Aldine Nimitz, and Galveston.
Due to Suggs’ abrupt resignation, Ozen cancelled spring practice. Since the Panthers did not commence drills, the UIL will grant them an extra week of practice in the fall. The school must now focus on finding a replacement.
Despite the late date, Suggs feels his formers players can make the transition without great difficulty. Ozen returns 11 starters on defense and offense from last year’s 5-5 team.
“A lot of people are running the spread offense and the zone (blocking) is so much,” he stated to the Enterprise. “(The players) know how to do all that. It may have different names, but they’re all the same steps.”