Waldie steps down as Luling AD, head football coach
LULING – The Michael Waldie era has come to an abrupt end in Luling.
The Eagles’ athletic director and head football coach resigned from his post on Tuesday and will assume his new position as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Class 3A Jacksonville on Tuesday, May 1.
In leaving Luling, Waldie walks away from a contract that was recently extended through 2014 in order to be closer to the two children he has with his ex-wife, who all live in Garrison.
“There are no issues whatsoever between me and Luling,” he said. “I had fabulous kids, a fabulous superintendent and a fabulous community. I am making this move because it’s 35 minutes from my son and daughter, that’s it plain and simple.”
At Jacksonville Waldie will join the staff of Chris Taber, who was the offensive coordinator on Chapel Hill’s 2011 Class 3A, Division I state championship team.
During his two-year tenure as head coach, Luling went 7-13 overall. The program’s record is no indication of the growth and progress made under Waldie’s watch. Of his 13 losses, six were to Class 3A playoff teams, two were to regional champion Lago Vista, two others were to regional finalist Blanco and two more were to a Marion team that went three rounds deep into the playoffs.
“By the way, that 13th loss was to a 9-1 Karnes City team that we had a six-point lead on with four minutes left to play in the game,” Waldie said. “The last two years have been one of the most exciting times to be a Luling athlete and a Luling supporter. We have not been in the second round of the playoffs in five decades. They are now on their way to not only accomplishing that, but maybe even bigger and better things.
Fielding arguably one of the best programs on the rise this season, the Eagles return 22 seniors.
“If you throw the entire record out, in my personal belief system, that’s how you evaluate a program on the rise,” Waldie said. “We got our young kids to buy in and stay in the program. Those kids that were freshmen the season I came in are about to be seniors.”
As he reluctantly leaves the Eagle program behind, Waldie made sure to comment about how much Luling means to him.
“I want to thank Mr. (Marc) Puig and our school board and this community,” he said. “For my wife and I, Luling has been a wonderful home for us and I want to express our deep love for this community. I wish them nothing but the best and I hate this separation is coming at this time.”