Head football coach steps down


Grace Nguyen

Head football coach Todd Ford talks to his offensive players during the 2019 Tom Landry Classic where the Leopards fell to the Colleyville Heritage panthers 13-10.

Yesterday, head football coach Todd Ford announced his resignation from the program in hopes to ‘pursue new job opportunities.’ He reminisces in the word “family” as it was apart of the vision for the program when he arrived in spring 2016 after coaching at Cedar Ridge High School, and uses it as his own motivation for his upcoming endeavors.  Ford’s record over the last four seasons at the school is 24-20. 

“We are extremely thankful for Coach Ford and his contributions to the Leopard Football program,”  athletic director Jim Bob Puckett said in the press release. “Over the past four years, he has helped to re-establish Lovejoy Leopard Football as an extremely competitive program.”

Puckett denied to comment further on Ford’s resignation. 

The district plans to release a timeline for hiring the next football coach within the upcoming weeks. Superintendent Dr. Mike Goddard believes there will be valuable candidates for the position. 

“Coach Ford has been a great contributor to the Leopard Football program,” said Goddard in the press release. “I am excited about his future and wish him continued success. We have big shoes to fill. Leopard Football is an incredible program with incredible kids, and has a very bright future.”