Arlington Lamar football coach Trent Fuller resigned after five seasons. Mitch Reed will be the interim coach. Fuller's status has been in flux since last May when Fuller was told by school officials his contract was not being renewed for the 2014-15 school year.
A community campaign from the parents, students and school boosters, including an effort on Facebook called "Say Yes To Coach Fuller," were instrumental in getting support Fuller to coach this season. The Vikings (8-3) reached the state playoffs for a fifth-consecutive season under Fuller but were eliminated in the first round loss to
The Vikings return a core of highly regarded players including junior quarterback Shane Buechele, who is one of the nation's top prospects for the Class of 2016. Junior receiver Kofi Boateng had more than 1,000 yards receiving with 15 touchdowns and is being recruited by several Big 12 and major conference schools.
"Me, along with the coaches and football team, are saddened," Boateng said. "We were shocked and didn't expect this to happening ... We're all gonna miss him."
Fuller has posted a 34-23 record, five playoff appearances, and the 2013 District Coach of the Year in his five.
Fuller is the son of former Arlington High School assistant football coach Dave Fuller, and played two years at Arlington High before transferring to Conroe prior to his senior year. While at Arlington High, he established several school and city passing records and was named All-District Offensive Player of the Year after his junior season. Fuller's brother, Mike Fuller, is head coach at Decatur.
Trent Fuller replaced longtime Vikings coach Eddy Peach in 2010.Peach had been Lamar's coach since it opened on 1972. Fuller led Arlington High to the 1992 state semis as a quarterback. He was offensive coordinator at Arlington Bowie under Kenny Perry before arriving at Lamar.
Fuller is the second Class 6A head football coaching change in the last week. Duncanville's Jeff Dicus also resigned. In other North Texas coaching moves, Fort Worth Southwest Christiancoach Joe Hamstra will not return. Aslo of note, one-time the Colony coach Dan Burk has left Bay City after three years.