Waco ISD athletic director to resign after storied career

Johnny Tusa started his coaching career with the Waco ISD in 1977. (Waco ISD photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco ISD Athletic Director Johnny Tusa’s 40-year career comes to an end after the first of the year.

Tusa announced Friday that he will resign effective Jan. 6.

"This announcement comes with heartfelt gratitude to the Waco ISD administration, school board, teachers and friends who made my time of service so memorable," Tusa wrote in his resignation letter.

"I will greatly miss my wonderful staff, the outstanding coaches, and the many patrons who supported our athletic endeavors."

Tusa started his WISD coaching career in 1977 at what was then Richfield High School.

Two years later he moved to Jefferson-Moore High School.

And from 1986 through 2008 he was the head football coach at Waco High School, chalking up a 181-81-2 record and taking the Lions to the playoffs 19 times.

Tusa retired from coaching after the 2008 season and spent four years on the staff of the Waco-based American Football Coaches Association.

But in 2013 he returned to the WISD as interim athletic director, a position that became permanent the following year.

"From the short time that I've been in Waco ISD, it's clear to me that Coach Tusa is an institution here," Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said.

"It's not just that he's a beloved former coach. It's that he truly cares for each of the student athletes that he has coached and, more recently, supported as athletic director."

The district has launched a search for a new athletic director and Kincannon said she hopes to name one early next year.