Wilkins new leader at Kemp

Kemp Superintendent Phil Edwards (left) introduces new athletic director and head football coach Lee Wilkins Friday to staff members at the administration building.

The new head football coach and athletic director for the Kemp Yellowjackets has been named.

Following a late night special school board meeting on Wednesday, the Board of Trustees named Houston Kingwood Park High School assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Lee Wilkins as the new leader.

“Coach Wilkins will be a great fit for our students, our school and our community. His knowledge and energy will build on the outstanding athletic achievements that we have seen this year,” Phil Edwards, Kemp ISD Superintendent said in a press release.

Wilkins replace Brandon Hankins, who went to Farmersville High School as the new athletic director and head football coach this year.

Wilkins said his first official day at Kemp is May 2, and he is ready to get started.

“I am excited to lead the athletic program for Kemp ISD, and am looking forward to being a Yellowjacket. My goal as AD/HFC is to help our students exceed expectations, and make sure that our staff has the support they need to ensure student success,” Wilkins said in a press release.

He said this is going to be his first solo Athletic Director position.

“It is obviously important and it will be a challenge, but to a certain extent I was an assistant AD at Princeton,” Wilkins said. “I ran the whole athletic department with budgets and organizations, schedules and hirings at the junior high and four to five sports at the high school.”

Wilkins come to Kemp with 20 years of coaching experience. He has been the head coach at Princeton High School, in which he had a 30-15 record in four years.

He guided the Panthers to their first district title in over 37 years.

He will inherit a team that finished 13-2, and made it to the state semifinals last year.

In the past two seasons, the Yellowjackets have went 20-6.

“I think if you don’t feel pressure, that means you are not prepared,” Wilkins said. “It is a good thing to walk into because the kids no what it takes to be winners. Coach (Brandon) Hankins and his staff did an outstanding job. We are going to continue that and try to take it one step further.”

He said when he was looking at openings, there was just something about Kemp that stood out to him.

“It was the blue collar nature of the town and that is what I said in my interview,” the coach said. “A town like this you want to be a part of because you know you are going to get hard working kids that come from great families and compete.

“The administration and the board has proven that they want to have a winning athletic program by the facilities they have and what they have invested to the community.”

He said with the success of the other programs, he is ready to see what the future holds for Yellowjacket athletics.

“The other programs are competitive,” Wilkins said. “That goes back to their upbringing and the true nature of being a blue collar town. They will fight and work hard and they are like sponges who constantly want to learn.”