After raising LBJ’s football program to new heights, Jahmal Fenner has stepped down as the Austin school district’s head football coach.
Fenner Resigned Monday to pursue other career opportunities, the Coach confirmed to the American-Statesman. He’s been linked to the University of Texas football program, where former high school football Coach Chris Gilbert recently resigned as the Longhorns’ director of high school relations.
Fenner will leave a lasting legacy at LBJ. He took over the program in 2018 after the death of head Coach and Fenner’s mentor Andrew Jackson, and during his five years as head Coach he led LBJ to its most successful stretch in school history, including the program’s first berth in the 2021 Class 4A Division I title game. Overall, Fenner went 49-13 with 11 playoff wins at LBJ.
The 2021 season proved particularly trying for Fenner, who had to endure the murder of his son while guiding the Jaguars on their historic run.
An Austin native, Fenner graduated from Reagan High School, now named Northeast High School, in 2001. He played cornerback for the Raiders while Jackson coached the team. Fenner also played basketball and baseball in high school and was named Reagan’s athlete of the year as a junior and as a senior.
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Fenner graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso and played cornerback for the Miners. After graduation, he played in the Arena Football League for Amarillo and later was defensive coordinator for the Oklahoma City Bombers.