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Art Briles is new Athletic Director at Mount Vernon ISD

Art Briles will return to the Texas sidelines as Mount Vernon High School’s head football coach this fall. The Mount Vernon ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a two-year contract with Briles at its Friday, May 24 meeting.
Briles comes to Mount Vernon after coaching Guelfi Fierenze, an American football club in Florence Italy. Prior to that, he was a 20 year veteran of Texas high school football and coached at three Texas universities.
“We are pleased to welcome Coach Briles back home to Texas. He brings with him a wealth of not only football experience but also life experience. He is passionate about investing in the lives of young people and helping them to succeed both on the field and in life. After a thorough due diligence process and several earnest conversations, we believe our students will benefit greatly from his skills and experience,” Dr. Jason McCulough, Mount Vernon ISD’s Superintendent of Schools, said.
Legendary football coach Grant Teaff offered an unqualified positive recommendation for Briles. Teaff noted the Briles never incurred a single recruiting infraction during his time at the collegiate level. Briles is certified by the Texas Education Association with both teaching and mid-management certifications, and meets the University Interscholastic League’s coaching eligibility standards.
At MVISD, Briles joins a robust athletics department, rich with athletic success and committed to ethics, sportsmanship, and compliance. Every Mount Vernon High School team sport reached the playoffs during the 2018-19 school year. The football team advanced to the third round of the state playoffs and has reached the playoffs for the past three years.
Reflecting on his move to Mount Vernon, Briles said, “I began my coaching career in the Friday night lights of Texas high school football, and I’m looking forward to returning to my roots. I have learned many lessons during my time as a coach. Some lessons are born out of success and others out of failure. But they all present opportunities to grow, to learn, and to teach, as we strive for excellence both on and off the field.”