Mark Ellison has worn many hats for Texoma Christian. Now he will add another this fall as the school’s head football coach.
Ellison, who has won state championships in boys and girls basketball and made state tournament appearances with volleyball and softball, will lead the Eagles in 2018 as a fill-in with two-a-days right around the corner.
Scott Ritchey was 5-5 in his lone season as head coach at the school and recently became the head baseball coach at Arlington Baptist University.
“It’s so late in the game to find someone and people have already signed contracts,” said Ellison, who is also the athletic director. “It was an opportunity to get back to the boys side. I’ll evaluate after the year what’s best for the school.”
In its second year of varsity competition, Texoma Christian improved on a 4-6 mark from 2017 and earned the TAPPS wild card berth for the playoffs with a fifth-place finish in District 3-III before ending with a first-round loss against Dallas First Baptist.
“The staff I have did a great job getting to five wins last season,” Ellison said. “I don’t have to change too much. Maybe just a couple of tweaks here and there.”
Ellison was slated to coach the volleyball team for the fourth consecutive year but will now turn the reins over to one of his assistants, Brook Bell. Ashley Chaffin will continue in her role as an assistant to the program.
Ellison will remain the head coach for girls basketball and softball.
He is entering his 10th season as the girls hoops coach and has won five TAPPS 2A state titles with two other trips to the final four. He won a boys hoops crown in 2008 before taking over the girls program.
This past spring Ellison led the softball team to a second straight state tournament, its fourth overall, and a runner-up finish. In 2016, he guided the volleyball team to its first state tourney appearance in six seasons.