Wakeland posted a 9-3 record last season and advanced to the regional quarterfinals, but it will be looking for a new head football coach for the first time in program history after Marty Secord announced he is leaving the position on Monday.

Marty Secord, the only head football coach Wakeland has ever known, announced on Monday that he is stepping down from the position.

While Secord will no longer be on the sidelines, he will still be involved in athletics.

“The Lord is changing my assignment! I am joining the Coaches Outreach ministry team as the coordinator for the state of Texas,” Secord said in a statement on Twitter. “As I step away from 38 years of coaching and take this leap of faith, I do so with mixed emotions but a great sense of God’s calling in my life and new purpose for me.

“I look forward to networking with coaches throughout our great state and seeing the continued impact of C/O in the lives of coaches and their families. To all of my current and former players, coaches, trainers, administrators, teachers and support staff at Wakeland High School, along with our district athletic directors, I say thank you for your continuous support during my 16 years at Wakeland. It’s truly been a blessing to be part of building something special. I appreciate all of you!”

Secord, who had previously had head coaching stints at Louisiana College and Abilene Cooper, arrived at the newly-opened Wakeland in 2006.

After posting a 3-7 record in their inaugural campaign, the Wolverines enjoyed one of the biggest turnarounds in the state, going 9-2 in 2007 to qualify for the playoffs for the first time.

It would be the first of 12 postseason appearances for Wakeland during Secord’s tenure.

Secord’s last season was one of his best, as the Wolverines not only returned to the playoffs, defeating Woodrow Wilson and then stunning Highland Park, 29-28, in the area finals before falling to College Station in the regional quarterfinals.

Secord, whose 16 years at the helm is the longest of any head football coach in FISD history, finishes his Wakeland career with a 109-66 record.

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