Laurel names Ennis as new football coach – Delmarva Daily Times
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Laurel high school parted ways with its varsity head football coach on Monday, March 14.
The search to find a new one didn’t last long.
Shawn Lattimore, superintendent of the Laurel School District, announced in a press release on Thursday, March 17 that Eston Ennis will be the new head football coach of the Bulldogs.
The hiring of Ennis comes just three days after Laurel parted ways with Glenn Phillips Jr. who had guided the Bulldogs on the gridiron for five seasons. Two days after, Glenn’s brother, Shawn Phillips, resigned as head basketball and baseball coach from Laurel.
“The transition in football coaches from Coach Glenn Phillips Jr. to Coach Ennis is one that is driven solely by the sincere need to have more coaches working within our school buildings,” Lattimore said in the release. “It is also in accordance with the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association’s rules, which obligates that any position previously filled by an emergency coach must be reopened prior to the next season.
“Coach Phillips, despite being a long-standing football coach across many levels in our town, who has been passionate, charitable, and selfless in the amount of time, effort, and attention he has given to Laurel football, is classified as an emergency football coach, as he works outside the school system.
“I truly wish Coach Phillips nothing but the best going forward, as his contributions to Laurel football, specifically his team’s appearance in the 2014 state championship game, have added greatly to the Laurel Bulldogs’ football legacy.”
Ennis is a 2003 graduate of Laurel and was a team captain on the football team in 2002, a season in which the Bulldogs made it to the state semifinals.
Ennis played for Division III Wesley College from 2003-2007, starting at linebacker for the Wolverines for two seasons. While Ennis was there, Wesley made it to the Division III semi-finals three times.
For the past seven years, Ennis has been an assistant coach and then defensive coordinator for the varsity football team Woodbridge high school in Bridgeville, Delaware. The Blue Raiders appeared in the DIAA state semifinals in 2013 and 2015.
Ennis was also the head baseball coach at Woodbridge.
Ennis graduated with a bachelors’ of science in business from Wesley in 2008 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership at Wilmington University.
Lattimore said in the release that Ennis will also be working professionally within the Laurel school district, serving as the student liaison coordinator for Laurel middle school and high school.
“(Ennis) will monitor student achievement and discipline and assist students with receiving academic and behavioral interventions, counseling, and social (and) emotional support,” Lattimore said. “He currently works in a similar capacity for the Woodbridge school district.”
Ennis said that current Laurel assistant football coaches Brian Hearn, Joseph Deiter and Bradley Ellingsworth will be joining him on his new coaching staff.