RUSK — When fall training camp opens up later this year for the Rusk Eagles there will be a man leading the team into battle.
Rusk athletic director and head football coach Jowell Hancock has announced his retirement, which is effective at the end of the current school year.
Hancock posted a 21-25 overall record at Rusk during his four years of service. However, his teams went 12-4 in district and qualified for post season play each season.
In 2018 Rusk won its first outright district title in 15 years.
“It's time to move on,” Hancock said. “I have enjoyed my time at Rusk High School and in coaching the kids. Seeing them grow as individuals and overcome obstacles along the way is special.
“(Coaching) is a great calling, and a ministry in itself just to be able to coach kids. The best job out there in my opinion.”
Hancock, a graduate of Jacksonville High School, said that he will remember his Rusk teams for their collective desire to continue to get better as the seasons unfolded.
“Football is a tough sport, and I am proud of these young men for sticking with the process,” he said.
Hancock added that he “enjoyed his time with (former Rusk ISD superintendent) Mr. (Scott) Davis, as well as current Rusk superintendent Mr. (Grey) Burton.
“They are both great leaders and I respect the job that they did for us and the kids.”