Kyle Cooper leaving Gatesville to join Art Briles' staff

GATESVILLE, Texas Gatesville head football coach and athletic director Kyle Cooper has resigned and will leave the Hornets to join Art Briles' staff in Mount Vernon.

Cooper's resignation comes just over a month before the start of fall workouts for the Gatesville football team. It also means one of the most tenured coaches in Central Texas is leaving a program he's turned into a perennial playoff contender.

Cooper coached 13 seasons in Gatesville and led the Hornets to a 63- 67 record overall during that time. His last season was a 3-7 campaign last fall. Cooper and his Hornets did have some playoff success over the years, he led Gatesville deep into the postseason just a few years ago.

Cooper will now join the Mount Vernon coaching staff as an assistant and work with new head coach Art Briles. Cooper and Briles have a relationship that includes a few of Cooper's former players playing at Baylor under Briles.