New Diana's Coplin leaving for job in Arkansas
Dec. 23, 2017 at 1:22 p.m.
Updated Dec. 23, 2017 at 1:22 p.m.
Citing a need to get back closer to his family, Robbie Coplin has decided to leave New Diana and take a similar position in Monticello, Arkansas. Coplin confirmed this information today as he was heading out to watch final day action at state championships in Arlington.
Coplin came to New Diana in 2016 after a stop in Marble Falls. He guided the Eagles to a 10-4 record this past season and all the way to the state quarterfinals. New Diana improved from 3-7 in Coplin’s first season and had one of the more explosive offenses in East Texas with a 43,9 point per game average.
A native of Nashville, Arkansas, Coplin played college ball at Southern Arkansas and actually started his coaching career in The Natural State.
Coplin earned his spurs with recently named Arkansas Razorback coach Chad Morris while at Stephenville and later at Lake Travis. Coplin learned the intricacies of the wildly-popular, wide-open offense that helped Morris gain notoriety. He would later move on to coach wide receivers for at Lake Travis.
The turnaround Coplin infused at New Diana in two short years is quite remarkable considering the Eagles were 0-10 the year before his arrival in 2015 and only scored 67 points that season. This year the Eagles scored 70 points in one game and over 55 three other times.
New Diana’s trip to the quarterfinals is tops in school history and its 10-win season was the best in over 20 years. The Eagles knocked off Winona in bi-district and Leonard in area before outlasting Jacksboro, 49-48, in wild regional bout at the Ford Center in Frisco. Defending state champion Gunter proved too much in the quarters. Gunter eventually advanced and lost in the state championship against Newton last week.
The Monticello Billies are a Class 4A school that competes in Arkansas. The Billies won state football titles in 2009 and 2010 and finished this past season 5-6.
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