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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:49 pm

Jeff Ellison has been promoted interim head football coach at Permian High School, Ector County ISD assistant superintendent Roy Garcia confirmed late Wednesday afternoon.

The move comes just two days after former Panthers head coach Blake Feldt resigned to become executive director of athletics for the Midland ISD.

Garcia said school district officials wanted to fill the position quickly with preseason practices scheduled to begin on Aug. 13.

“We wanted to do what was best for the kids and the program as late as everything happened,” Garcia said. “There were some quality people we looked at, some veteran people that could step in. We felt like this was the least disruptive thing as far as what would impact this season.”

Garcia said the move is just for the 2018 season and that ECISD will conduct a search for a permanent replacement following the season.

Ellison, who came to Permian as a member of Feldt’s staff in 2013, said he’s fully aware of the situation as he takes over.

“The expectations here at Permian High School have not changed one bit,” Ellison said. “It’s an awkward situation, but this is the best thing for the program. We’ve got to be ready to go on Aug. 13.”

Ellison, who grew up in Whiteface, played college football at McMurry, where he also began his coaching career in 2002 as a student assistant on Steve Keenum’s staff. He then spent a season at Lubbock Estacado on David Moody’s staff before joining Feldt’s staff at Breckenridge. He followed Feldt to Pilot Point before spending seven seasons as the offensive line coach at Galena Park North Shore.

Ellison served as Permian’s offensive coordinator before becoming assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

During Ellison's time at Permian, the Panthers have gone 38-18 with one district co-championship and three playoff appearances. The Panthers went 9-2 in 2017, finishing second in District 2-6A at 5-1 and reaching the area round of the playoffs.

Permian reached the regional round of the playoffs in 2014 and the area round in 2015.

Permian is considered a heavy favorite to win the District 2-6A championship this fall. In addition to returning 31 lettermen with six offensive and six defensive starters, the Panthers added transfer quarterback Peyton Powell, who started the last two seasons at Midland Christian. Powell, who enrolled at Permian in January and went through spring practice in addition to qualifying for the regional track meet, has already received more than a dozen scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

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