Larry Uland, who coached Greenville Christian School to four state six-man football titles, will not be back next season with the Eagles.
“He is not being offered a contract back, it’s purely financial only,” said Steve Bowers, headmaster at GCS. “He is not being fired. It’s completely budgetary.”
Uland has coached 16 seasons with the Eagles, guiding them to a 121-74 record that includes Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ state six-man titles in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, plus to three state finals, two state semifinals and three quarterfinal appearances.
“Our Lord has blessed me with 16 special years of six-man football at Greenville Christian School,” Uland said in a prepared statement. “I will not be returning to GCS next season. Our school has continued to drop in enrollment as it has for several years now. Like many corporations in this day and time, GCS must ‘downsize’ and consolidate. It is my hope that I will be coaching again somewhere in the area fairly close to my home in Farmersville.”
Uland, the Eagles’ head football coach and athletic director, has also been a head football coach at Cedar Hill (48-30-4, three district titles), Duncanville and Thomas Jefferson in Dallas. His career football record is 183-146-8.
His greatest success was with the Eagles, who were not known for their athletic prowess when Uland arrived on campus after having last coached at Thomas Jefferson. Uland not only built up the Eagles’ athletic program, but also its weight room and facilities.
Bowers noted that Uland “turned the place around.”
“He’s been an incredible blessing to the school,” said Bowers. “I don’t know how to put it into words what the loss of Coach Uland will be like.”
Uland said working with some great coaches and friends and “some great young men” has made his time at GCS very special.
“I have had the greatest assistants surrounding me throughout my time at GCS,” he said. “Dan Uland, Kelly Garrett and Captain Jim Johnson have been with me from the start and have always been rock solid. Bobby (Boles), Hayden (Flowers), Todd (Barnes) and several others have made major contributions to our successes. And, then, there is David Wombaker. For 16 years, David has not only been a great friend, but, simply put, the very best first assistant coach a man could have.”
Bowers said the school’s “not sure” yet how it will fill Uland’s position.
“All of our sports will continue,” he said.
Uland, who is also the school’s head baseball coach, said he will continue to coach that sport “if I don’t get another job.”
Uland said the competition against teams from TAPPS and the University Interscholastic League “taught us how to play six-man the right way: honor God, improve and win when you can.”
“I feel like the Lord has closed that door and opened another one another place,” he said.