PN-G’s Winning Football Coach Takes Sulfur Springs Head Coach Job

The all-time victorious leader in Port Neches-Groves football history is leaving to take over another program.

Brandon Faircloth, who has served as PN-G’s head coach for the past 13 years, was named the new head coach and athletic director at Sulfur Springs Monday night.

PN-G’s coach since 2009, Faircloth leaves the school with an overall record of 102-51. He made the playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons, most recently leading the team to the third round of the 5A-II Class this fall.

Faircloth did not respond to repeated attempts by the Enterprise to reach him, but did attend Monday night’s meeting in Sulfur Springs, where he was officially approved as the next Wildcats coach.

The circumstances surrounding Faircloth’s departure remain uncertain. His contract at the school expired. Despite its successful history, certain players felt that Faircloth was “expelled” by the PN-G administration.

PN-G starting quarterback Cole Crippen spoke publicly in defense of his coach, saying several other players feel the same way. While rumors circulated about Faircloth’s coaching status last month, Crippen spoke at a school board meeting in support of his coach, hoping to help remedy the situation.

When news broke of Faircloth’s departure Monday, Crippen spoke again in support of his coach when the Enterprise contacted him.

Crippen described Faircloth as a “father figure” who was more than just a coach. The senior quarterback knew Faircloth before ever taking the field as a PN-G player, and said Sulfur Springs has big things in store.

“I do believe he is being forced (from PN-G),” Crippen said. “Politics is an important thing in this city, and it’s sad to say that. Everything he’s done for this community…I feel like he’s being betrayed.”

Crippen said Faircloth will address the PN-G team one last time on Tuesday.

Superintendent Mike Gonzalez complimented Faircloth in a statement released Monday. Gonzalez said PN-G plans to post the vacancy “as soon as possible” looking to replace Faircloth.

“I’ve had the honor of working with Coach Faircloth as head coach and athletic director for 12 out of 13 years,” said Gonzalez. “I am proud of his many achievements and I am excited to see what the future holds for him at Sulfur Springs ISD. I am convinced that the dedication and commitment of coach Faircloth will lead to more success. I wish him every success.”

Sulfur Springs is located 80 miles east of Dallas and competes as a 5A-II football team. The Wildcats went 0-10 last season and have not won a playoff game since 2014.

PN-G’s sudden job search comes just a few weeks before the OWL reshuffle will take place. High school principal Scott Ryan will handle PN-G’s rescheduling cases, a school spokesperson said.

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