Willis resigns as head football coach at University High

Posted at 4:02 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 23:17:45-05

Keith Willis has decided to step down as head coach/coordinator of athletics at University High School, effective immediately.

Willis has been the head coach of the Trojans for four years, coming to UHS in 2013 after leading the football program at Austin LBJ High School for one season. Before that he led the Marlin Bulldogs for three years.

Willis grew up in Waco ISD and played high school football at University and Jefferson-Moore High Schools. He then played in college at Sam Houston State and had a brief stint in the NFL with the Houston Oilers.

“A man has to look and see what he’s accomplished, and winning was not one of those things,” Willis said regarding his time at University High. “It’s only fair for me to step down and give the next person his chance to do his best. Our group didn’t get it done, but I think it can be done.”

“He did a tremendous job,” Waco ISD Athletic Director Johnny Tusa said. “Keith changed the culture at University High and got all he could from everybody surrounding him.”

Willis started his coaching career as an assistant under Tusa at Waco High, helping the Lions get to the 4A state title game in 2006.

He thanked Waco ISD administrators, supporters, and his family. Willis will finish the semester at UHS, then move to G.W. Carver Middle School and work as a behavioral specialist, continuing to touch the lives of young people.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” he said. “The good Lord asks us to be Fishers of Men and it is time for me to cast my net in another direction.”