Bells head football coach Randy Hitsman is stepping down from his position after leading the program for two seasons.

Bells head football coach Randy Hitsman is stepping down from his position after leading the program for two seasons.


The Panthers went 1-19 since Hitsman took over but actually went into the final two weeks of the season controlling their own destiny for the final playoff spot in District 7-2A (II).


Hitsman arrived at Bells three months after winning the Class B state championship with Caddo (Okla.). He was the head coach there for five seasons and previously was in charge at Caddo Mills in addition to being an assistant at Bells for four seasons in the late ’90s and two stays at Denison.


While at Caddo Mills he went 86-74-3 with three district titles from 1979-94. The Foxes went 10-0-1 in 1982, losing in the playoffs on penetrations to defending state champ Valley View, 9-2 in 1983 and 10-1 in 1986.


Bells went 0-10 in Hitsman’s first season, when he was the Panthers’ fourth coach in four years. This past season Bells’ lone victory came against Trenton. Since 1997 the only time Bells has had a winning record was a 6-5 mark in 2010.