Waco ISD superintendent recommends new athletic director

Ed Love. (Waco ISD photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco ISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon announced Monday she’ll recommend former Waco High School Principal Ed Love as district’s new athletic director.

Love, who’s coached both football and baseball over the past two decades, left the Waco ISD at the end of June to become executive director of school leadership at Transformation Waco.

Love had been the school’s principal since 2014.

Love has also served as principal of G.W. Carver Middle School and the G.L. Wiley Opportunity Center and as an assistant principal and an associate principal at Waco High School and

“Coach Love is not only a true team leader, he’s also a strong team builder in Waco ISD Kincannon said.

“I’m confident his successes on the field, in the classroom, and as an administrator will continue as he leads our athletic program going forward.”

Love, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Paul Quinn College and a master’s degree from Tarleton State University, would succeed Waco ISD Athletic Director Johnny Tusa who announced in November that he’ll resign effective June 6 after a 40-year career.

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.

“The Waco ISD athletic director is a dream job for me,” Love said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the executive director of school leadership at Transformation Waco, but the opportunity to lead and support our active athletic program is one my family and I decided couldn’t be passed up. The relationships I’ve built with teachers, students, administrators and athletes have meant so much to me, and I’m ready to continue strengthening those bonds.”

Love was defensive coordinator at Waco High from 2002 to 2006 and also served as an assistant there from 1998 to 2002.

He was head varsity baseball coach from 1988 to 1997 at Waco High; head coach/coordinator of the Waco High freshman football team from 1986 to 1988; secondary varsity football coach and head baseball coach at Jefferson Moore High School from 1984 to 1986, and head seventh-grade coach from 1982 to 1984 at Tennyson Middle School.