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FISD Hires Athletic Coordinators for New High Schools (January, 2006)

FISD is opening two new high schools this fall – Liberty High School and Wakeland High School.

Principals Mike Farish, Wakeland, and Mike Waldrip, Liberty, have been working since May to plan the opening of the district's 3rd and 4th high schools and have now begun the work of hiring staff members.

Marty Secord has been hired as head football coach/campus athletic coordinator at Wakeland High. He is currently holds that same position at Abilene Cooper High (5A). Prior to Abilene Cooper, Secord was the head football coach at Louisiana College (NCAA Division III – American Southwest Conference) where he helped restart a football program that had been discontinued in 1968. He has also coached at McMurry University in Abilene, Sherman High School and Athens High School. He has coached both offense and defense in football and has coached both girls and boys track teams as a head coach and assistant. The Austin College graduate (bachelor’s 1984, master’s 1985) played on the 1981 NAIA National Championship team and another conference championship team in 1984. At Austin College he played both punter and wide receiver, earning district and all conference honors. During his career he has been actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Joe McBride has been hired as the head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at Liberty High. He is currently the defensive coordinator for Lewisville Hebron High School, where he has served for six years, helping to open the school and establish their highly successful program. During his tenure, the defense has been highly ranked and the team has won two district championships, two area finalists honors and was this year’s 4A division II state champions. His other high school coaching experiences include working at San Angelo Central High, Magnolia High School and Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin. He has been the linebacker coach, an offensive coordinator and also a track coach during his career. The graduate of Lewisville High attended Texas Tech as a scholarship athlete where he played outside linebacker and defensive end. He is also involved in FCA.

Both new high schools are projected to open small and will possibly be 3A classification schools for two years.