WAXAHACHIE — It might have been the fastest school board meeting ever.
“I just happened to write down 6:09, so it was nine minutes,” said Waxahachie school board president Mark Price.
The Waxahachie board of trustees voted unanimously to hire former Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna as the new head football coach. The superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Glenn, went a long way to find Kitna, who was coaching his alma mater Lincoln High School, 2,000 miles away in Tacoma Washington.
“It just started with a cold call, from Dr. Tony Evans there at Oak Cliff Bible,” said Glenn. “He gave me a call and told me that Kitna was interested in coming back to the area.”
“It’s great to be back down here,” said Kitna. “I wasn’t sure this would ever happen. It wasn’t the intention when we took that job three years ago, but super excited to be back down here.”
Kitna went 24-8 in three seasons at Lincoln High school and made the playoffs every year. He’s bringing with him some of his assistant coaches and his son, Jordan, a quarterback who threw 55 touchdown passes last season.
“It’s a tough deal for him to have to leave his buddies back home and things like that, but he’s all-in on it,” said Kitna. “He understands that his dad follows God, so he’s ready to go.”
The Indians went 2-8 last season, but in Waxahachie, a head coach might get away with going 1-9, as long as they beat Ennis.
“That’s right! Beat Ennis, I found that out early,” said Kitna. “It’s always good to know who your rival is.”