Since 1999, Kyle Story has roamed the Decatur Eagles’ sidelines, compiling 109 wins and leading the football program to seven district titles.
But after 15 years, he’s handing over the reins of the program to someone new. The longtime football coach and athletic director Monday accepted a job as the first head football coach at Frisco Independence High School, which will open in the fall.
“I’m going to miss a lot about Decatur,” Story said Tuesday morning after Frisco ISD trustees approved his contract. “It was a difficult decision. There are a lot of great people here. It’s been a great place to raise a family.”
Independence will open as Frisco’s seventh high school and will compete in District 9-5A with Little Elm, The Colony and the other six Frisco schools.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of opening a new school,” Story said. “I’ve got a lot to do, hiring a staff and purchasing equipment. In March, I’ll get over there and start the transition.”
Story said he plans to talk to members of his current staff at Decatur about joining him in Frisco.
“There’s nothing definite,” he said. “There’s a lot of good coaches here. I’ll get several good applicants and try to hire the best candidate.”
Story planned to break the news to his players Tuesday, but school was canceled due to icy roads. He said he would contact some by phone.
Story leaves Decatur with a record of 109-58. His final team went 9-4 and advanced to the third round of the playoffs.
Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend, who worked with Story for the past four years, praised his work as not only a coach and administrator, but also as a role model for young people.
“He’s one of a kind,” Townsend said. “He’s strong in his faith and an exceptional role model. His morals and integrity are second to none.
“I understand why he is leaving for this opportunity. At the same time, it’ll give Decatur a chance to get new blood. It’ll be good for both.”
Townsend planned to post the opening Wednesday and begin the search for a new athletic director and head football coach. He said he will handle the search himself with consultation from a committee of four to five people.
“We want to move quickly and get someone in here,” Townsend said. “We want the transition to be as seamless as possible. We’ve had an exceptional year, and we don’t want to lose any of that going forward.”
Townsend hopes to have someone hired by April 1.
“I know there will be a strong applicant pool. We’ll open it up and get the best person possible,” he said. “A lot of people are already interested. This is a school district of choice.”