Press Release

From the Office of the Superintendent

Eston Ennis Named Head Football Coach at Laurel

Laurel, DE, Thursday, March 17:

The Laurel School District is pleased to announce that Eston Ennis has been named its Varsity Head Football Coach.

Coach Ennis has been a highly successful assistant coach and Defensive Coordinator for Woodbridge High School for the past seven years, which culminated in two state playoff semi-final appearances in the 2013 and 2015 seasons.

Coach Ennis is well versed in Laurel Football, serving as its team captain in 2002, a season in which the Bulldogs made it to the state semi-finals. After graduating from Laurel in 2003, Ennis played for Wesley College from 2003-2007, starting at linebacker for the Wolverines his last two years. In his four years playing for Coach Mike Drass, Wesley made it to the Division III Semi-Finals three times.

Coach Ennis graduated with a Bachelors’ of Science in Business from Wesley in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership at Wilmington University.

Coach Ennis will also be working professionally within the school district, serving as the Student Liaison Coordinator for LMHS, where he will monitor student achievement and discipline and assist students with receiving academic and behavioral interventions, counseling, and social/emotional support. He currently works in a similar capacity for the Woodbridge School District.

The transition in football coaches from Coach Glenn Phillips Jr. to Coach Ennis is one that is driven solely by the sincere need to have more coaches working within our school buildings. It is also in accordance with the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (DIAA) rules, which obligates that any position previously filled by an emergency coach must be reopened prior to the next season. Coach Phillips, despite being a long-standing football coach across many levels in our town, who has been passionate, charitable, and selfless in the amount of time, effort, and attention he has given to Laurel Football, is classified as an emergency football coach, as he works outside the school system.

I truly wish Coach Phillips nothing but the best going forward, as his contributions to Laurel Football, specifically his team’s appearance in the 2014 State Championship Game, have added greatly to the Laurel Bulldogs football legacy.

Coach Ennis has indicated that current Laurel assistant football coaches, which includes Brian Hearn (RB/LB/Special Teams), Joseph Deiter (OL/DL), and Bradley Ellingsworth (QB/DE), will be joining him on his new coaching staff.



  1. Wow, phillips on the street…. sad day for laurel, losing a lot of coaches, girls softball, middle school football, high school football, middle school basketball, high school basketball, high school baseball…. when will it stop

    • Dude what is being done has a lot to do with DSA and their ruling how long you can have a coach not teaching coach, and the local district wants coaches who can be with their players in school. Both Phillip’s did a great job for the Laurel program; new administration, new broom.

  2. Man you really are in Larimore’s Back Pocket… sad frank, I thought you had a backbone. That is exactly what the Admin wants you to say. Did they write that for you???? You know there is something fishy going on… Sad frank, sad

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