BREAKING: Anson’s Hagler stepping down as football coach, athletic director

Anson football coach and athletic director Chris Hagler announced on Tuesday morning that he would be resigning from his post at the end of the school year.

Hagler, who has led the Tigers since the 2014-15 school year, confirmed his departure in a phone call Tuesday afternoon with Big Country Preps.

He compiled a record of 50-42 in eight years leading the Anson program, which was his first career head coaching job.

Chris Hagler

Anson’s school board voted on Monday to renew Hagler’s contract for the 2022-23 school year but on Tuesday morning, he decided not to sign the new contract and pursue other opportunities.

“The last eight years have been a great ride and I’ve been blessed by hard-working, tough-nosed kids that have bought in and we’ve done some great things,” Hagler said. “I came here after being the offensive coordinator at Breckenridge and always believed that we could win, no matter what. We did some good things during my time here.”

Hagler was the third-longest tenured head coach in Anson history behind Darryl Cash (10 years) and Charles Copeland (9 years).

As the athletic director, Hagler oversaw 24 playoff appearances from the football, boys basketball, girls basketball, softball and baseball programs during his tenure.

The football team won the district championship in 2016, the first for the school since 1990. That same year, the Tigers made it to the region final, which marked the deepest postseason run since 1926 for the football program. Anson has also made the postseason for the last seven years which is the longest run in school history.

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