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January 17, 2013

Meeks surprises some with Pittsburg move


BY JOE HALE
TheOldCoach.com Senior Writer

Henderson head football coach and athletic director Dickey Meeks, who has won state championships at two East Texas schools, will be recommended as the new athletic director and head football coach at Pittsburg on Friday.

The recommendation is expected to come at a 5 p.m. school board meeting.

Meeks has a career won-loss record of 236-173-7 in coaching stops at (Tyler) Chapel Hill, Pine Tree, Mount Vernon and Henderson. He was also a head coach in Louisiana.

Chapel Hill won the Class 4A state championship in 1989.

Following his tenure at Chapel Hill and coaching at Pine Tree and Mount Vernon, Meeks took the head coaching position at Henderson and guided the Lions to the 3A, Division I title in 2010, defeating Chapel Hill 28-21 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

In its sixth season under Meeks, Henderson finished 2012 with a 9-5 record, losing 41-34 to 16-3A rival and state finalist Gilmer in a Division II regional finals matchup.

Meeks will take over a Pittsburg program that went 40-28 in six seasons under Robert Manley. Pittsburg finished the 2012 season 2-8 and missing postseason for the third straight year.

The former Henderson coach said he enjoys the challenge of taking a program to the next level.

Pittsburg was a member of District 16-3A prior to being moved to 13-3A along with Paris, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, North Lamar, Atlanta and Texarkana Pleasant Grove prior to the 2012 season. The Pirates only district win this past season came against Pleasant Grove, 36-7, on Nov. 2.

Pittsburg won the 3A state championship in 1980.


(Follow Joe Hale on Twitter: @jhaleTOC)




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