Plano ISD announced Monday that Plano East head football coach and athletic director Joey McCullough is retiring from the district. He’s been with Plano ISD since 1993, previously serving as an assistant coach at Plano West before coming to Plano East in 2014. Principal George King says McCullough has forged a legacy of passion and pride both as a student athlete and as our varsity head football coach and athletic director.
“Over the years, athletes, their families and our Eastside community have been inspired by his positive and caring spirit,” King said. “We will forever be grateful for his outstanding work ethic and commitment to Plano East Senior High.”
McCullough says he has been blessed to spend 29 years of his 31-year coaching career working in his hometown. He said that his greatest privilege has been servant as Plano East’s head coach and athletic director for the past eight years. In a prepared statement announcing his departure, McCullough thanked King and Plano ISD athletic director Jeff Smit for their suppo and encouragement. He also recognized his coaching staff for their dedication to the team and the players he loves dearly.
“I am fortunate to be able to retire, which I am announcing today to pursue other opportunities down the road,” he said. “I will always be a Plano East Panther at Heart—Together WE Can!”
District officials say they plan to immediately begin a search process to fill the coaching vacancy. The job opening will soon be posted online with a goal of having McCullough’s replacement in place by the spring.