After looking for a change of direction, Liberty Christian decided to promote a current coach to become the third head football coach in school history.
Barton Hundley has been named the Warriors’ head coach. The move was announced to the school’s staff members on March 28. Hundley has been the school’s defensive backs for the previous three years.
The former Kansas State defensive back and Chicago Bears draft choice succeeds Greg Price, who was fired after five years as head coach.
“I know how to play [football],” Hundley said. “I know how to coach it. I’m going to have some really good coaches around me. I’m just excited about the upcoming season and the possibilities that I see in it.”
Hundley was previously the defensive backs coach at Hallsville, the linebackers coach at Wichita Falls and the defensive backs coach at Lewisville before joining Liberty.
Liberty Christian president Rodney Haire said Hundley will not be the new athletic director, however. That position will be filled by Zack Vest. Johnny Isom will become the school’s assistant athletic director.
Price was a pretty successful coach and he wasn’t sure why he got fired after five years, three TAPPS 5A state semifinal appearances and a state championship appearance in 2009.
“I haven’t really been given a real reason yet,” Price told the Record-Chronicle in March. “The reason that was given to me, which I don’t want to go into, was only said to me for the first time ever when I was removed. There was no warning or anything. I don’t know what happened.”
Not only is it very rare to have a coach fired toward the end of March, but it’s equally as rare to see someone jump from position coach to head coach and bypass the coordinator position altogether.
We’ll have a full story in tomorrow’s paper and on the website, but it’s certainly extended a strange situation that’s revolved around the school during the past few weeks.