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April 1, 2013
It's been quite the off-season in the San Antonio area with coaching moves aplenty in some of the bigger name programs. THEOLDCOACH takes a look at a few of the changes in the Alamo City.
Cibolo Steele: The area's top program will be under new leadership in 2013 as Mike Jinks left early in the off-season to take a job on staff at Texas Tech. Jenks had been rumored the last year or so to be sniffing around at college jobs and with the Knight's success he was one of the top young coaching prospects in the state. OC Scott Lenhoff makes the move to head coach and there's no question the shoes he's filling are large. The last three seasons the Knights have won the 5A Div. II, lost in the 5A Div. II title game and lost in the 5A Div. II semi-finals. The bar is certainly set quite high, but keeping the job in house was the easy call here by SCUCISD.
San Antonio East Central: Another coaching change in 28-5A involves the district's second best team in East Central. Robert Walker, who had done an excellent job with this program leaves ECHS to take over at Conroe High, north of Houston. The move is a bit curious as most consider Conroe to be the toughest job in Conroe ISD. In our opinion, East Central hit a homerun with this hire brining back a native son in Clint Hartman. Hartmann has done a very good job in building the Clear Springs program from scratch and turning them into a solid playoff contender year in and year out. East Central has long been known as a good team in the San Antonio area, Hartmann's tasked with turning them into an elite team.
San Antonio Jay: One of several moves in Northside ISD, Jay came open as Bobby Goforth leaves to take over at 3A Caldwell. Most would wonder why Goforth would leave a 5A job in a large city to take over a struggling 3A program, but Goforth is a Caldwell alum and sometimes the call of your alma mater is hard to resist. Goforth also will be the AD at Caldwell ISD. As of now Jay is still searching for a HC. Although, typically Northside ISD stays in house look for this job and Stevens to go outside the district.
San Antonio Marshall: Another of the Northside ISD jobs that opened up when former HC Keith Kaiser left to take over at 4A Boerne Champion. As expected, Northside ISD kept the m.o. and hired within as San Antonio Holmes OC Tim Williams was hired. Williams who had done a good job at Holmes was considered one of the fast rising young assistant coaches in the city. Now he'll get a chance to prove himself as a head coach.
San Antonio Roosevelt: Typically North East ISD is a bit more stable than Northside ISD and this off-season has proved that to be true as this is the only opening in the district. Former HC Neal LaHue capitalized on the 'Riders surprise season and bolted for the gig at Buda Hays Consolidtaed which was opened up when their HC took the job at Odessa Permian. In steps former Waco University HC Matt Carroll, who has ties to the district as he was an assistant at Roosevelt and Reagan at one time.
San Antonio Stevens: The most recent coaching change in the area occured last week, as Stevens HC Lee Bridges leaves to take over at Leander High. Much like Jay, expect this job to be an outside hire.
Boerne Champion: Danny Threadgill announced his retirement and the Champion coaching staff underwent several changes. OC Mike Bonewald left to take over at 2A Wallis Brazos and CHS hired former San Antonio Marshall HC Keith Kaiser.
Castroville Medina Valley: Medina Valley, one of the state's smaller 4A schools was left searching for a coach when Brian Emerson left to take over at 3A Lampasas. A hire for this job is expected on Tuesday April 2.
San Antonio McCollum: Longtime McCollum HC Carl Klann resigned in February and former Pearsall HC Juan Hinojosa takes over.
With Northside ISD searching for an assistant AD, there's a very good chance at least one other job will open in the city.