Shad Hanna steps down as Archer City head football coach/athletic director

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Shad Hanna had an epiphany while laying in bed one night last month.

“My wife asked me if I was OK,” Hanna recalled. “I said, ‘I think I’m done coaching football.’”

The news caught Becky Hanna and just about anyone else Hanna has told off guard.

After all, Hanna had just surpassed 100 career victories and led Archer City to its first district title since 2008. It was also the first district title of Hanna’s 16-year coaching career.

But a desire to spend more time being more involved as a father and husband led Hanna to step down from coaching. Archer City ISD is allowing Hanna to remain with the school district as a teacher, although it’s not set which subject he will instruct.

“It’s just something I’ve been thinking about,” Hanna said. “I want to just be a dad and husband for a change. I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and it just felt like the right time.

“I want to watch my daughter (Delaini) compete (in pole vault) at MSU. I just want to chase her around and be part of watching her compete. There would be too much conflict with doing that if I kept coaching.”

Shad Hanna has stepped down as head football coach at Archer City after five seasons.
Shad Hanna has stepped down as head football coach at Archer City after five seasons.

Hanna’s oldest daughter, Hillary, has been bothering her father to attend a Texas A&M home football game.

“The way I told her I was stepping down was telling her, ‘I think I can finally make it to an A&M game,’” Hanna said.

Hanna started his coaching career as an assistant in Seminole. His father, Larry Hanna, was a state championship winning coach in Iraan before taking over the program at Monahans. Hanna briefly coached under his father and eventually landed his first head coaching job at Alpine in 2006.

He had a 31-12 record at Alpine in four seasons, leaving to lead the program at Midland Greenwood. Hanna stayed at Greenwood for seven seasons, accruing a 41-36 with the Rangers.

Hanna made the move to Archer City in 2017, taking over a program that went 1-9 in consecutive seasons before his arrival. Two seasons later, the Wildcats went 8-3 and made the playoffs. Hanna leaves Archer City with a 32-20 record, including an 8-3 mark with a district title in 2021.

“I’ve done a lot of what I set out to do here at Archer City. I got to 100 wins. We won a district championship,” Hanna said. “It’s been a great experience for me. I was sitting in my office the other day, thinking about all the close games I’ve been in and texting a lot of the close friends I’ve worked with over the years.

“It’s those games that came down to the last second that I remember most, like the Windthorst playoff game this past season. Those are going to be the games I really remember.”

Hanna steps down with a 104-69 record over 16 seasons as a head coach, qualifying for the postseason in 12 seasons. He leaves with two more career wins than his father.

But Hanna didn’t dismiss the possibility of a return to the coaching ranks.

“We’ll see how I feel in three years,” Hanna said. “But I just want to be a dad and husband right now.”

This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Shad Hanna steps down Archer City head football coach/athletic director

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