HARKER HEIGHTS — Seven months to the day after leading Harker Heights in its first playoff appearance in six years, Harker Heights head football coach and athletic coordinator Mike Mullins resigned to become an assistant under former colleague Lee Fedora at 3A Navasota.
Mullins, who was out of town Tuesday, confirmed his decision in a text message with the Killeen Daily Herald.
Killeen Independent School District Deputy Superintendent John Craft admitted some surprise on Mullins' resignation but said the job is already posted on the KISD website and must be open for 10 days.
Mullins' resignation is effective June 30. Craft said the job is open to all outside and inside candidates and he fully expects heavy interest, despite the lateness of the job search. The posting closes July 8.
"It's a little bit late in the game, but I think they'll be some interest, particularly for Harker Heights High School," Craft said.
"And so we'll honor his request and wish him the very best and go about finding him the best replacement we can for Harker Heights High School."
This past season, Mullins led the Knights (4-7) back to the playoffs for the first time since legendary coach Ross Roger's last season as head coach in 2006, where the Knights suffered a 62-15 loss to state-ranked DeSoto. In four years at the helm, Mullins has led Heights back to relevancy with a 14-27 record, routinely having the Knights in the thick of the playoff push each of the last two seasons.
Prior to Mullins' hiring away from 3A Cameron Yoe in 2009, Heights had suffered through back-to-back one-win campaigns. But each year under Mullins, the Knights showed steady improvement, moving from two wins in 2009 to three in 2010 to a 5-5 mark in 2011, barely missing the playoffs that season.