by Susan Neuhalfen | December 15, 2017 8:42 pm
by Steve Gamel
Liberty Christian hopes to name a new head football coach after school administrators removed Barton Hundley from his post earlier this month.
Hundley, who took over before the 2014 season, was reassigned on December 4. He will remain at the school as a teacher and track coach, but will no longer coach football according to athletic director Zack Vest. The news was reported by the Denton Record-Chronicle on Dec. 5.
“This definitely has nothing to do with his character or ethics,” Vest told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “We were blessed to have him as our head football coach for as long as we did. He did a good job of keeping our program Christ-centered, and the way he coached reflected that. The administration just felt that it was time to give this a different shot and head in a different direction.”
Hundley was 24-21 during his tenure and his teams made the playoffs every season. He won one playoff game. The Warriors boasted one of the more stingy defenses in TAPPS this past season and even knocked off Celina for the first time in program history in nondistrict play.
Liberty went on to finish 6-5 and lost in the first round to Dallas Bishop Dunne.
Hundley was a standout defensive back for Kansas State during his playing career and was drafted by the Chicago Bears. After a short career in the NFL, he went on to coach at Hallsville, Wichita Falls and Lewisville before joining the Liberty Christian staff as a defensive backs coach under then-coach Greg Price. When Price was let go after the 2013 season, Hundley was named the school’s new head coach.
He led the Warriors to a 7-5 record in his first season and won a playoff game. Liberty never won more than six games in each of the next three seasons.
Vest told the Record-Chronicle that he hoped to have a new coach hired by late January.
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