WASKOM, Tx (KMSS/KTAL) – East Texas high school football will look much different next season.

Waskom Head Coach Whitney Keeling is leaving the program to become the new head coach of the Tatum Eagles.

“I never dreamed that it was going to happen,” Keeling said. “Last Tuesday, I had the chance to meet with the superintendent and they offered me the position. I felt like it was a great opportunity for me to make this move at this time.”

Keeling compiled a 113-40 record during his time with the Wildcats, winning Class 3A-Division II state titles in 2014 and 2015.

“I’m excited about the opportunity Tatum has given me. Unbelievable facilities, great superintendent, great administration.”

Keeling’s first day at Tatum will be January 27th. He takes over an Eagle program that went 8-3 in 2021. His option offense will be coming with him.

““That is my offense so yes, we will be running that,” Keeling confirmed. “It’s a new chapter in my life and I’m excited to be a Tatum Eagle.”