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Football: Daniel will not return as Lambert head coach
Louis Daniel
Louis Daniel coached six seasons at Lambert, compiling a 28-36 overall record and 0-10 record in 2019. - photo by David Roberts

Lambert head football coach Louis Daniel will not return in 2020.

"He's been a big part of our staff for 11 years, whether it's been assistant coach or coordinator," Lambert athletic director Drew Ferrer said. "He's been outstanding. He's a great person. We've really appreciated everything he's done for our school, and we're excited for what he has coming up next."

The Longhorns finished the 2019 season winless, missing the playoffs for the third straight year. Daniel compiled a 28-36 record in six seasons as head coach.

Daniel has been with the school since it opened in 2009, beginning as an offensive coordinator under Sid Maxwell.

"Lambert's a special place," Daniel said. "I don't know if there's a better high school in America, honestly, to work at. I've been there 11 years and I love those kids, I love the administration and I love Dr. (Gary) Davison. I love everything about the place."

Lambert made the playoffs in each of Daniel's first three years, including in 2016 when the Longhorns beat Central Gwinnett 44-14 and advanced to the second round of the Class 7A playoffs.

"It's been hard the past couple years," Daniel said. "I respect the sport of football, I respect the coaching profession enough to know sometimes you need to have difficult conversations, and sometimes there may be some collateral damage."

Ferrer said the school administration plans to form a committee and will post the job next week before sifting through resumes in January. 

"I think it was kind of a situation where we felt we needed a change, and I think he also felt like he needed a change," Ferrer said. "It's not a bad situation at all. We just need to get some things turned around."

Lambert has won just one region game since 2017, when the Longhorns beat Forsyth Central 34-19. Since then, Lambert has gone 0-10 in Region 5-7A play.

While no longer the head coach, Daniel is in a unique position to asses the current state of the football program, which he said could use a few more players.

"What we need is as many athletes in the building as we can to give it a shot, to come out and try football," Daniel said. "With society right now, I think people are afraid of football and they're afraid of concussions and whatnot. Too many kids want to specialize in sports."

Daniel, who teaches Spanish at Lambert, will continue to teach through the school year.

"I have no idea what I'm going to do. I know that I'm excited for a new opportunity," Daniel said. "I would like an opportunity, obviously, to spend a little more time with my girls. They're going to be in high school in two years, and they're going to be grown before you know it."