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HENDERSON, Texas – Corsicana head football coach Phil Castles has accepted the same position at Henderson, where he will replace Dickey Meeks, the Corsicana Daily Sun reported Wednesday.
The newspaper reported that Castles met Wednesday morning with the Corsicana football players and informed them that he had accepted the job at Henderson.
The Henderson ISD released a statement late Wednesday morning confirming that Castles will be recommended by Superintendent Keith Boles to a noon meeting of the Henderson board of trustees on Monday.
Meeks resigned last month to become head coach at Pittsburg, replacing former Clarksville and Honey Grove coach Robert Manley.
Castles is a Kilgore native with 22 years of coaching experience, including being the athletic director and head football coach at Elysian Fields and Chapel Hill. He is currently assistant athletic director and head football coach at Corsicana.
In his four years at Corsicana, Castles has a record of 30-19 and has led the Tigers to four playoff appearances and a state semifinal appearance in 2011.
Meeks announced last month he had accepted the head coaching job at Pittsburg, which plays in District 13-3A along with Paris, North Lamar, Liberty-Eylau, Atlanta and Pleasant Grove.
Meeks has a career record of 236-173-7, with most of the wins coming in East Texas at Chapel Hill, Pine Tree, Mount Vernon and Henderson. He was also a head coach in Louisiana.
Meeks won a Class 4A state title in 1989 at Chapel Hill. After coaching at Pine Tree and Mount Vernon, he took over at Henderson and went 44-39, winning the Class 3A Division I state championship by beating Chapel Hill in 2010.
Meeks takes over a Pittsburg program that went 40-28 in six seasons under Manley.
Manley resigned in December as athletic director and head coach at Pittsburg, which was 2-8 last season, including 1-4 in district play. Overall, during his time at Pittsburg, Clarksville and Honey Grove, Manley is 112-70.