Southern Departs Belton For Huntsville

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BELTON, TX – Huntsville ISD announced today that Rodney Southern has accepted an offer to become their athletic director and head football coach. Southern has held those positions at Belton ISD since February 2007.

“Claire and I would like to thank the district and the community for their support. The last seven years have been a great experience for us here in Belton. I feel good about the program that I’ve
built here and know that Tiger athletes will continue to excel. Now, it’s time for me to take on a new challenge,” said Southern.

“I want to thank Coach Southern for his vision to make Belton ISD a leading 5A program on and off the field. He oversaw the opening of a state-of-the-art multi-sport facility at Belton High School.

Last year, he led eight sports to district championships, and six more finished as district runners-up. The next athletic director will inherit the solid foundation that Coach Southern built for our program,” said Dr. Susan Kincannon, Belton ISD Superintendent.

“When I hired Coach Southern in 2007, the football program had been 0-10 the previous season. As head football coach, he led the Tigers to the state playoffs in three of the last five seasons,
and last year alone, his players received an estimated $800,000 in football scholarships,” said Dr. Vivian Baker, who was the district’s superintendent from 2002 through 2010.

“This year, more than 1,000 high school students are part of our athletics program learning discipline, demonstrating good sportsmanship and growing into well-rounded young adults.
Coach Southern has been an excellent role model for our student athletes,” said Chris duBois, Belton High School Principal.

When ask about his record this afternoon on the phone, Southern told KBTX, "That's an easy one to remember at 37 & 37 at Belton".

Prior to coming to Belton he was at Marshall for 5 seasons (2002-2007) and posted a 34 & 26 mark which included a pair of 4A State Championship Game appearances.

In his 12 seasons as a high school head football coach he's won two district championships: 2005 @ Marshall and 2009 @ Belton.

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