Curtis Enis is leaving the football sidelines in Alvord and will return to coaching on the hardwood.
Enis resigned from Alvord ISD 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 is expected to 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 on a 3-3 vote to extend his contract. Later, the board stripped the athletic director role from him with a unanimous vote.
Enis coached at Alvord from 1989 to 2008, then returned to the school in February 2011 as the athletic director and head football coach. Under Enis, the Bulldogs went 10-20 in three seasons.
The team was 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.
Enis came back to Alvord after a two-year stint as the girls basketball coach at Saint Jo. He said his goal at Alvord was to develop a strong work ethic.
“When I came back and looked at the boys program, we had to establish a work ethic,” Enis said. “We had established that with the girls when I was here the first time, a strong work ethic and a commitment to the athlete as a whole. We knew it’d take time.
“What also held us back were the numbers. We had 200 kids, and we were playing schools with 260 and 280. We were the small fish in the big pond. We tried not to use that as an excuse.”
Enis said after this year’s realignment, which placed Alvord in a league with Valley View, Chico, Blue Ridge, Bells and Trenton, the kids in the program began working even harder.
“You saw that they were gaining confidence. I didn’t think they could work any harder, but it just amped up the kids’ work ethic,” Enis said. “They are going to be really good. I’m not going to be there to be a part of it. I hope the rest of the staff stays there.”
Curtis Enis said he hopes current assistant and former Chico coach Pete Hart lands the athletic director and football coach job. A group of players led by incoming senior Joe Randall addressed the school board at its Thursday night meeting to ask that the board “hire from within.”
“He’s a good coach, hard worker and very thorough,” Enis said. “He’s deserving of the head coaching position.”
AISD posted the opening Wednesday for a head football coach and athletic director. No date was set for the hiring.
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.