AUSTIN (KXAN) — From northeast Austin to 40 acres, LBJ football coach Jamal Fenner is taking on a new position with the Texas Longhorns football program.
Head coach Steve Sarkeesian announced on Monday that Fenner is now the program’s director of high school relations, taking over after Chris Gilbert left the program. Fenner helped turn the LBJ Jaguars into a program to be reckoned with in Texas high school football, leading the team to its first state championship appearance in 2021 in Class 4A-Division I. It was the first time in 47 years that the Austin Independent School Football Program county reached the state championship game.
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Fenner posted a 49–13 record in the LBJ, and in addition to a title game in 2021, LBJ reached the semi-finals in 2020. In 2022, the program moved up to class 5A-Division II and finished 9–3 with the district title. and advance to the playoffs.
Sarkeesian said that Fenner “loves relationships” and that’s what he admires most about himself.
“He’s a guy who brings a lot, is well known and respected in the Texas High School Coaches Association, has deep roots in Austin, and is well connected in our community as well as throughout the state,” Sarkeesian said. . “I know he will be very helpful to us all at THSCA and high schools around the world as our High School Relations Director. Jamal is definitely the guy we wanted to bring on board and he will be such a great addition to our staff.”
Fenner played college football in El Paso for the UTEP Miners under UT assistant coach Jeff Banks from 2001 to 2004. He graduated from Reagan High School (now Northeastern Early Development College) in 2001.
“I grew up here, always saw the Longhorns and understood how prestigious the university and the Texas football program is. It was indeed a special honor and privilege when Coach Sargsyan offered me this opportunity. It was something I just couldn’t get past,” Fenner said. “I’ve worked hard to earn the respect of the coaches in our great state, and I really appreciate all the relationships I have with them and with everyone in the Texas High School Coaches Association.”