New changes to the KHS athletic programs

Coach Fitzhenry promoted to new leadership role

Coach Derek Fitzhenry has been promoted from his dual role of Head Football Coach for C.E. King High School and Director of Athletics to the primary Director of Athletics for Sheldon ISD. Sheldon ISD has continued to increase in student enrollment, adding an additional 2,100 students in the past five years. Districts of comparable enrollment size operate with a Director of Athletics who primarily focuses on the overall athletic programs in the school district. In his new role, Fitzhenry will continue the oversight of all athletic programs, as well as management of Panther Stadium and all athletic facilities. This position will allow the district to have dedicated personnel that are focused on continuing the further development of Sheldon ISD athletic programs.

Fitzhenry has been the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for King High School since 2017. Under his leadership, the varsity Panther football team experienced their first 6A winning season in its history as well as their first time to advance to the third round of the playoffs since 1985. The team finished with a remarkable season of 10-3 for 2021. Prior to Sheldon ISD, Fitzhenry has coached in Galena Park, Pine Tree, Giddings, Ector County and Cy-Fair ISD. He has more than 17 years of experience as an athletic director and has set many records for athletic programs in every district where he has worked. Most recently, he was named a Coach of the Year Finalist by Houston Touchdown Club. Coach Fitzhenry holds a master’s in administrative leadership from Lamar University as well as a master’s in education from Texas A&M at Prairie View. He has a bachelor’s of arts and science from Louisiana Tech University. 

“Though Coach Fitzhenry is not new to the role of athletic director, we look forward to the time he will be able to dedicate in this sole position of developing and guiding our athletic programs across the district,” said Superintendent Dr. King Davis. “He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and I look forward to working with him in this new role in Sheldon ISD.”

Coach Young named Head Football Coach at King High School

Coach George Young will succeed Derek Fitzhenry as the new Head Football Coach at C.E. King High School. Currently, Coach Young serves as the Associate Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the King High School varsity football Panthers. He has been a member of the KHS football coaching staff since 2019. Previously, he served as the head football coach at Galena Park  High School, as well as coached varsity football for North Shore Senior High School, Jersey Village High School, Cypress-Ridge High School, Spring High School and Klein Forest High School. He brings more than 25 years of experience coaching varsity football, among other sports. Coach Young holds a bachelor of science from McNeese State University.

“Our Panther team will be thrilled to see a familiar, consistent face as head coach,” Director of Athletics Derek Fitzhenry said. “I have complete confidence that Coach Young will continue the traditions of excellence that have been established with the Panther football team.”