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A decade of dedication Driskell, Essary love their schools as they are the longest tenured coaches in the county 26 he Henderson County area has two coaches who have lasted a decade at their current schools. Malakoff Athletic Director and head football coach Jamie Driskell and Athens AD and head football coach Paul Essary are the veterans in the Henderson County Area coaching ranks. When you look at the other six schools, the coaching tenure is a combined nine years. Athens Daily Review Sports Writer Joe Elerson spoke with Driskell and Essary about what it means to be at their schools for the past decade. T Jamie Driskell The decade-long career for Driskell at Malakoff has seen him go 87-21 in the past nine seasons as the coach. He has guided the Tigers to nine straight playoff appearances, and three district titles in 2009, 2013 and 2016. He has also made it to the state semifinals in 2016 with a loss coming at the University of Texas in Austin. Coming in on year No. 10 at Malakoff, you and coach Paul Essary are the veterans of the Henderson County area coaching ranks. Talk to me about what it has been like knowing you are coming into a decade being at Malakoff ISD. By Joe Elerson