West Texas A&M University head football coach Don Carthel announced Monday (Dec. 12) that offensive coordinator Lee Hays has resigned to accept the offensive coordinator position at Baylor University.
"I'm tickled to death for Lee and his family," Carthel
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...Don Carthel is returning to college football and the Lone Star Conference as the new head football coach for West Texas A&M University, introduced April 27, 2005, by Dr. Russell C. Long, WTAMU president and Ed Harris, WTAMU athletic director. Carthel, 52, becomes WTAMU's 26th head coach in the program's 95 year history.He
succeeds Ronnie Jones, who resigned April 19, following a University investigation that concluded he
used state and school resources for personal gain.Carthel had been the head coach for the Amarillo Dusters, an Arena Football League 2 team, resigning that post Tuesday to take over the helm of the Buffaloes.
has a proven record, a passion for coaching and a commitment to winning," Dr. Long said."He
has a strong support base in this area and is well known as a man of principle and integrity.
"I have every confidence that he
will field a competitive team we can all be proud of."Carthel
will begin his
coaching duties immediately, which include spring recruiting and evaluating the current coaching staff and make changes where he
"I am very pleased to have Coach Carthel assume the head coaching position for the Buffaloes," Harris said."Don
has a history of winning wherever he
has been and he
has done it with class, integrity and a focus on the student-athlete.He
is a great fit for WT and I look forward to watching his
teams compete for years to come."
The Friona, Texas native returns to college football and the LSC, where he
had previous coaching stints at Eastern New Mexico University and Abilene Christian University
.Carthel was born in Dimmitt and raised in Friona, and as a kid, he found rides to Kimbrough Memorial Stadium on Saturdays to watch WT home games.
...Carthel graduated from ENMU with a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics in 1974 and his master's in physical education from ENMU in 1975.He played center/kicker for the Greyhounds from 1970-73.Carthel was an assistant coach at the University of Texas El Paso from 1983-84, before he became the head coach at ENMU from 1985-1991.As a coach, Carthel helped ENMU move into Division II and transformed the Greyhounds into a competitive LSC school.
In 1985, Carthel
's first year at the helm, the Greyhounds
were playing Texas A&I University
(currently Texas A&M University-Kingsville) in the season finale for a share of the LSC title.Though they lost that game, the Greyhounds
later won the conference crown in 1991, becoming the first team outside of Texas to win the LSC championship in the conference's 59 years of football.
seven years at ENMU
compiled a 44-28-1 (.610) ledger, winning seven or more games in four of those seven seasons, including opening the 1987 season with a 9-0 record and tying the school record for victories in a season.In five of Carthel
's seven years, the Greyhounds
were ranked in the Division II Top 20 Poll.Carthel
was inducted into the ENMU Hall of Fame
in 2001.In January, 1992, Carthel resigned from coaching to return to Friona, where he farmed and raised his family, serving on the Friona school board for nine years.However, Carthel couldn't stay away from coaching very long, as he later became a volunteer coach for Abilene Christian, communicating with the coaches on the sideline from the press box. His son Colby, who was a standout linebacker at Angelo State University, leading the Rams to the LSC South title in 1999, and joined the ACU staff alongside his father in 2000 and is presently still on the Wildcats' staff. The elder Carthel coached at ACU until 2004, when he was named the head coach of the Dusters in their inaugural season in the Intense Football League.
Amarillo won the IFL Championship last year, before the league disbanded after only one season.The Dusters
joined the AFL2
this year and had a 2-1 record when Carthel
"The Amarillo Dusters
' success really opened my eyes to fans' reaction to a winning football program in the Texas Panhandle and we hope to put just as an exciting program together here at WT that people can get excited about and enjoy watching," Carthel
said."There's been kind of a fold left behind by some alums, and we hope to bring some of that loyalty back and give everyone something to be proud of."Carthel
wife of 33 years, Cindy, have two adult children, Colby and Courtney.