RUSK — Thomas Sitton is returning to his roots.
The Cushing High School and Stephen F. Austin State University graduate has been selected as the new athletic director/head football coach at Rusk High School.
Rusk Independent School District superintendent Grey Burton made the announcement late Saturday afternoon.
Burton said Sitton was selected out of a field of over 140 applicants. From that point the search committee narrowed the pool down to the top 16 for a first interview.
After a round of initial interviews, the top-six men were selected and called back for a second interview.
The district search committee then submitted three names to Burton, with Burton deciding on Sitton.
Sitton, who is in his 24th year of teaching and coaching, is currently serving as defensive coordinator at Converse Judson High School (Class 6A) in the San Antonio area.
Sitton has worked as an assistant coach at Lake Worth High School (1996-99), Alto High School (1999-2000) and Jacksonville High School (2000-2005).
He begin a successful tour as head coach at Chapel Hill High School in 2009 where he served for eight seasons, leading the Bulldogs to an overall record of 56-41.
Chapel Hill also went undefeated in 2011 and won the Class 4A state championship under the guidance of Sitton.
Sitton is taking over for Jowell Hancock, who announced his retirement in mid January.