The Commerce Journal

Local News

May 8, 2014

Saying goodbye

Wells to step down as Commerce AD, football coach

COMMERCE — Commerce High School Football Coach Scott Wells said it was a bittersweet decision to step down from his position.

Wells said it felt like the right time to step down from his position.

“I’m glad because I’ve left it better than I found it,” he said.

Wells said although he left the program better, he is disappointed not to have an above-.500 winning percentage in his five year stint.

“I felt like it was time to step down and give it to someone else,” he said.

Blake Cooper, superintendent of Commerce Independent School District, said Wells leaves with a tradition of excellence in the program.

“I hate to see him go,” he said. “He has done a super job improving our respectability.”

Cooper pointed to the 2013 football season as proof of the hard work put into building students’ character.

Although the Tigers did not have a winning record, in large part because many starters were injured during the season, Cooper was proud to watch the team play.

“They were outmanned in several spots, but our kids played hard, played the right way and played with class,” he said. “They way our kids behave and act is a testament to Wells.”

Wells said he appreciates the time working for Cooper, and added he knows Cooper will find someone suitable to replace him.

“He was great to work for,” he said. “I don’t think people realize what he and the school board have done for the community.”

Cooper said the district has been actively looking for a new athletic director since Wells’ departure.

CISD will close the application process this Friday and begin the interview process next week.

“It will be a pretty quick process hopefully,” he said. “There has been some quality folks.”

Cooper said he will not only miss his coaching skills, but also as a friend.

“He’s a friend and I’m going to miss him,” he said. “I appreciate everything he’s done for Commerce ISD.”

Wells said he will miss the students he coached the most.

“These are good kids here,” he said. “They’ve been a blessing to me and made it an enjoyable experience. You believe in them and they’ll believe in you.”

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