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October 26, 2023

Schnell resigns as head coach for Cowboys basketball

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Coppell coach Clint Schnell discusses a game plan with the Cowboys prior to overtime against Lewisville on 2021 in the CHS Arena. Schnell resigned as the head coach for boys basketball yesterday after six years.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original version.

After six years as head coach, Coppell boys basketball coach Clint Schnell announced his resignation from leading the program yesterday. 

“It becomes a point in your coaching career where you feel like you want to go and seek out something new and figure out something different and kind of get a fresh start somewhere,” Schnell said. “My anticipation is to find another head coaching job somewhere and work on making that program great there, too.”

Schnell’s coaching journey in Coppell began as an assistant coach from 2009-2015 prior to departing for three years to lead Arlington Martin as its head coach.

In Schnell’s first season, Coppell won the district championship.

By the end of his time at Coppell, Schnell has led the program to win two additional district championships.

Reflecting on his time, Schnell expressed pride in the program’s successes and the resilience shown in overcoming challenges. 

“I’m really proud of the successes we’ve had and overcoming the challenges and adversities we faced in those six years,” Schnell said. “I appreciate all the effort and the time and dedication that the players have put into the program. ” 

He credited the players’ dedication and commitment for the program’s growth and achievements.

“The type of kids that go to school here, they’re amazing kids both in the classroom from character standpoint, behavior standpoint,” Schnell said. “I never had to worry about whether my kids were doing the right thing off the court.”

Schnell found a sense of belonging that transcended the size of the school and the community. He cherished the support shown by fans during game nights and the genuine connections forged from Coppell.

“You get a big crowd on game nights and the fans come out and support you around different places at the grocery store and restaurants in the community,” Schnell said. “They always pat you on the back and it’s a privilege to coach at a place like this.”

As Schnell moves onto a new chapter, he hopes to make a difference on the next team and transfer values he’s taught his players beyond the court.

“Coaching is about prioritizing the kids,” Schnell said. “My decisions are always centered around their growth, not just as basketball players, but as young men of character who will one day be fathers, husbands, employees, and community members.”

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    Wan Ru LeeMar 21, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    “In 2018, when he returned to Coppell as the head coach, the team was coming off a seventh place district finish. ”

    I don’t think this is correct. We played in the playoff. There’s no way a 7th place can get into playoff. Check UIL website. We were 3rd in district in 2018.

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      adviserMar 22, 2024 at 8:29 am

      Thank you for the comment. We regret and apologize for the error. The story has been updated.