HONORING COACH SAM HARRELL; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 103
(House of Representatives - June 20, 2018)

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                       HONORING COACH SAM HARRELL

  (Mr. BARTON asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. BARTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise in honor of the new head football 
coach at Ennis High School, Coach Sam Harrell.
  Coach Sam Harrell was born in 1975 in Seminole, Texas. He went to 
high school in Brownwood, Texas, where he was valedictorian. He became, 
the first time, the high school coach at Ennis back in 1994. Over the 
next 15 or 16 years, he won three State championships, went to the 
semifinals twice, was Texas High School Coach of the Year in 1999, 
became head of the Texas High School Coaches Association, and was in

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the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
  But in 2005, he came down with multiple sclerosis, which was not 
treatable by conventional therapy. He had to go out of the country for 
some stem cell treatments. Those were successful. He moved back to this 
country, continued to live in Ennis, Texas, and stayed active in the 
community. And about 2 weeks ago, the school board and school 
superintendent named him, again, to be the head football coach at Ennis 
High School.
  He is a very great coach, but he is also a greater man. He is very 
Christian. He is good with the kids. He is just an absolute stellar 
  Congratulations to Coach Sam Harrell, who is, once again, head 
football coach for the Ennis Lions, who have five State championships 
in their history.