The Hightower Hurricanes football team is looking for a new head coach.
Joseph Sam confirmed on Twitter last Thursday that he has been hired as the head coach at Arlington Bowie. The news was first reported by Dave Campbell Texas Football’s Matt Stepp.
“Hightower community, this is not goodbye, a but a ‘see you later,’ because you guys have a state championship to win,” Sam said in a note posted to his Twitter account Thursday. “I just hate I’ll have to be a spectator instead of the head coach. This decision was one of the toughest I’ve had to make as a man.”
Hightower was 11-10 in Sam’s two seasons at the helm, making back-to-back playoff appearances in the process. In 2020, the Hurricanes went 5-5 and made a regional quarterfinal playoff run that included the program’s first playoff win since 2013.
“Being embraced by the Hightower family is one of the best things to happen to my coaching career. You guys embraced the process of being great, and knocked it out of the water,” Sam wrote. “Living and coaching here at Hightower was an awesome experience that truly has grown me spiritually, physically and mentally.”
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sam is returning to his roots in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He graduated from Lancaster High School and previously served as Mansfield Legacy’s defensive coordinator for two seasons.
In his note, Sam cited being closer to family in the DFW area as being a deciding factor in his decision. However, he reiterated his love for the Hightower community.
“This was not an easy decision to come to, because when you’re invested and committed to being great on and off the field in every facet of life, it’s hard to let go,” he wrote. “… I want every single person in the program to know you’re a part of our family now.”