TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Lee head football coach Mike Owens confirmed to KLTV Sports that he submitted his resignation to Tyler I.S.D. on Wednesday. However, Owens is interested in retire/rehire to remain football coach at Tyler Lee.
"I fully intend to retire and rehire," said Owens. "I'm not retiring unless it's what the school district wants me to do."
Owens says he's doing this in hopes of collecting half of his retirement.
"It's just something you have to take advantage of when you have the opportunity."
As the head football coach at Tyler Lee since 1996, Owens has won 109 games and a state championship. He wants to return to the Red Raiders sideline next season. However he knows there's a chance the school district will go in another direction.
"If they do they do," said Owens. "If they don't, they don't. That's always a possibility. Who knows this day in age."
Owens had applied for the Tyler I.S.D. athletic director position following the departure of Danny Long. Rod Kaspar, assistant director of athletics for the McKinney Independent School District, has been named the lone finalist for the job. Owens says the fact the he applied for a non coaching position, doesn't mean he's ready to move on.
"I'm not tired of coaching," said Owens. "It's one of those deals, when the opportunity (AD position) presented itself, I thought I was the person best suited to do it. But I guess other people thought otherwise."