After taking the LBJ football program to new heights, Jamal Fenner stepped down as head football coach for the Austin School District.
Fenner resigned Monday to pursue other career opportunities, the American-Statesman coach confirmed. He has been involved with the University of Texas football program, where former high school football coach Chris Gilbert recently stepped down as the Longhorns’ director of high school relations.
Fenner will leave an indelible legacy at LBJ. He took over the program in 2018 following the death of head coach and Fenner mentor Andrew Jackson, and in his five years as head coach, he led LBJ to the most successful milestone in school history, including the program’s first place in the Class 4A of 2021. Division I is the name of the game. Overall, Fenner went 49-13 with 11 LBJ playoff wins.
The 2021 season has been especially tough for Fenner, who has had to endure the murder of his son while leading the Jaguars on their historic run.
A native of Austin, Fenner graduated from Reagan High School, now Northeast High School, in 2001. He played quarterback for the Raiders while Jackson coached the team. Fenner also played basketball and baseball in high school and was named Athlete of the Year by Reagan both as a junior and as a senior.
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Fenner graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso and played for the Miners. After graduating, he played in the Arena Football League for Amarillo and later was the defensive coordinator for the Oklahoma City Bombers.