By Richard Greene
Curtis Enis is leaving the football sidelines and Alvord and will return to coaching on the hardwood.
Enis resigned from Alvord Wednesday and will be the girls basketball coach at Burleson High School. His wife, Rhonda, also will leave her post as girls track coach in Alvord to become an assistant at Burleson in basketball and track. She will tender her resignation after signing a contract with Burleson.
“We’re moving to Burleson and will become part of the community there and help the kids,” Enis said.
“I wish the kids in Alvord well. I enjoyed the kids, the faculty and administration. They were all good to me. The girls program will continue to be good and the boys are fixing to be real good. I’ll be 60 miles away but I’ll be rooting for them.”
Enis, who was in his second tenure at the school, leaves after a turbulent spring in which the Alvord ISD trustees failed to extend his contract with a 3-3 vote. Later, the board stripped the athletic director role from him with a unanimous vote.
Enis, who coached at Alvord from 1989 to 2008, returned to the school in February 2011 as the athletic director and football coach. Under Enis, the Bulldogs went 10-20 in three seasons.
The team went 3-7 last year in 2A Division II. But after moving down to the new Class 2A in the latest round of realignment, the Bulldogs are picked to win District 5-2A Division I by Texas Football.
“They are going to have a great football season,” Enis said. “The kids have been working hard and will reap the rewards of their hard work this year.
“It’s been impressive how hard they have worked the past two years. We were young offensively and defensively last year and made mistakes. They were lack of experience mistakes.”
He was the Bulldogs’ head coach in 1997, leading the team to an 11-2 record and trip to the third round of the playoffs.
He hired his brother, Greg, as head coach in 1998 and Alvord captured a district title.
Curtis Enis said he hopes that current assistant and former Chico coach Pete Hart lands the athletic director and football coach job.
“He’s a good coach, hard worker and very thorough,” Enis said. “He’s deserving of the head coaching position.”
Going back to coaching basketball full time, Enis takes a 433-215 career record. He is 19-13 in playoff games and led teams to seven district titles. He took the Alvord Lady Bulldogs to the state tournament in 1995, falling to Sudan.