Grapevine Finds Its Man for Head Coach

After reassignment by Corsicana, Henigan is headed to Grapevine.

Earlier this month there was a shake-up in Corsicana.

After going 5-5 in his fifth season, the Tigers reassigned head football coach Dave Henigan despite his 35-21 record with three playoff appearances. Now, Henigan will be the new head coach at Grapevine, which went winless last season under former coach Danny Mullins, who took a job as the defensive coordinator at Friendswood, which reached the state semifinals in 2008.

Henigan was the offensive coordinator at Denton Ryan before going to Corsicana. While there he led a couple of pretty powerful offenses, which led the Raiders to the state championship game four straight years (twice under Henigan).

Grapevine is a traditionally strong football program that recently fell on tough times after a move back up to 5A. This past season was a painful one for the Mustangs. Through their 10 games, they were outscored 437-71, which included three shutouts at the hands of Justin Northwest, Euless Trinity and Keller Central.

As for Henigan, I realize Corsicana is an old-school football-rich town with only one school and is in a traditionally tough district with Waxahachie, Waco Midway and Ennis, but to fire -- or "reassign" -- a coach after five seasons with a 35-21 record and three playoff appearances seems to be a bit ridiculous.

It looks like Grapevine got someone who can help turn around its program with some serious skins on the wall and a few high-profile coaching stops, including Allen and Highland Park, not to mention his days at Denton Ryan.

Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He's ready for cactus league play to begin today.

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