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Cleveland High football coach Hendrix steps down

January 9, 2019

Cleveland High School will have a new football coach and athletic director when the Indians take the field in the fall of 2019.

Keith Hendrix stepped down as the head football coach/athletic director of the Indians on Monday.

Hendrix will be taking another position within Cleveland ISD.

Cleveland ISD released this statement to the Cleveland Advocate that named assistant coach Norris Taff the interim athletic director.

“Coach Norris Taff will assume the interim athletic directorship of Cleveland ISD,” said Cleveland ISD. “Coach Taff is a Cleveland native, as well as a Cleveland High School graduate. He has been in education and coaching for 34 years. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to our district.”

Cleveland ISD posted the head coach/athletic director position on Monday and will begin looking at candidates.

The Indians went 0-10 overall and missed the playoffs under Hendrix this season. In 2017, the Indians went 3-6 overall while going 1-4 in district.

In his four seasons with Cleveland, Hendrix went 9-32 overall. Hendrix and the Indians won four games in 2016 and 2017 but never made the playoffs.

When realignment was announced back in February 2018, Cleveland was moved up from Class 4A to Class 5A after an enrollment number of 1,447.

District 10-5A, Division II consists of A&M Consolidated, Huntsville, Montgomery, Lamar Consolidated, Katy Paetow, Bryan Rudder and Montgomery Lake Creek.

Huntsville made it all the way to the regional final, A&M Consolidated made it to the area round, with Montgomery and Lamar Consolidated being bi-district finalist.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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