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When Concordia Lutheran hired Willie Amendola out of retirement as its next football coach, the state of Texas took notice.
Amendola is a big name and has a long history in the UIL public school ranks that spans decades. He’s won at the highest level – a UIL State Title in 2011 – with the Spring Dekaney Wildcats.
He then became Spring ISD’s lead man for athletic as the AD, hanging up his whistle.
Not so fast… The living legend is back on the northside of Houston to lead ‘Sader Nation on its Road to a TAPPS Title in years to come. It starts now.
In a three-part VYPE Original, we go inside the Concordia Lutheran program for Spring Football, capturing the new Crusader culture and its high school hopefuls.
“On My Whistle” will be released Thursday May 12, Tuesday May 17th and Monday May 23rd.
Willie Amendola, a legendary coach and administrator
One of the best in the business is retiring in Willie Amendola of Spring ISD.
What makes him one of the best? He has affected thousands of lives over several decades coaching high school athletes all over the city. It's been his mission field.
He won a state title in 2011 with an upstart Dekaney Wildcats program before overseeing athletics on a macro level as the district's athletic director. Heck, he oversaw the construction of Planet Ford Stadium in Spring - a state-of-the-art facility on the north side of Houston.
The name is synonymous with football all the way up to the NFL as his son Danny Amendola won multiple Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Amendola to talk about his career and his love of the game.
Spoiler Alert... he may not be done yet. Stay Tuned