By Leslie Gibson

Herald-Banner Staff

Royse City High School five-year football coach and athletic director, Rodney Webb, has accepted the position of athletic coordinator and head football coach at 5A Mesquite Horn. His first day was Tuesday.

He experienced emotional good-byes at the high school on Friday as he, the students and the staff expressed their sadness at his departure, and their appreciation for what each meant to each other during the last five years.

“Royse City has been a very special place. It truly has,” said Webb in a phone interview Monday. “From a professional standpoint it has been the best five years of my life. I’ve developed a special bond with the students, parents and community.”

“We just really hate to see Rodney go,” said School Board President Bobby Summers. “We’ve really enjoyed him and thank him for everything he’s done. He’s a great man. That’s what hurts us more than anything; we like to have good men around our boys so they go on to become good men. It’s not always winning records that mean so much to us, it’s what he is doing for the kids,” Summers said Monday.

He said that he, the board and the community understand the opportunity that was presented to him at Horn.

“I am looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead of me,” Webb said. “We will try to replicate the success we had at Royse City in the Mesquite community. There are similarities in the position I’m taking now and in Royse City five years ago,” he noted.

The Horn community is “hungry for a winner, and someone to turn them around,” he said.

“Mesquite Horn has got a good football coach in Coach Webb,” Summers said.

“We think it’s a wonderful opportunity for him, but we are sad to see him go,” said Jo Nell Mellody, communications director of the district.

In his term here, Royse City football had four playoff appearances and went 44-16.

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