December 9, 2008

Bourquin out at Mineral Wells

Rams in search of new football coach, 'direction'

David Bourquin arrived as Mineral Wells High School's new head football coach in 2004 after a successful run in Graham and other previous coaching stops.

But after an 8-3 season in his first year that included a trip to the playoffs, Bourquin could not match his previous success as the Rams endured back-to-back 1-9 seasons, including this past season in the district's new multi-million dollar stadium, and just six wins in the last three seasons.

As a result, Bourquin, 14-27 in his four years in Mineral Wells, Bourquin was told the school district is ready to go "in a different direction."

One official contacted said Bourquin and district officials are negotiating a buyout of his final year of a five-year contract that pays him about $80,000 annually.

The Rams head coach informed the team last week that he would not be returning. Bourquin could not been reached for comment. Athletic Director Sean Harvey said he could not make a public statement at this time about Bourquin's status with the district.

Mineral Wells ISD Superintendent Ronny Collins said Thursday morning that he and Harvey recently met with Bourquin, but said no official action has been taken.

"We have to evaluate all our programs after each season for next year," said Collins. "I have to make the decision - I'm the bad guy - do we continue on the way we are going or go in a different direction?"

"We met with him and indicated we are going in a different direction," said Collins, reiterating that Bourquin "still has a contract and nothing official has been done at this time."

"It's not something I enjoy, but I have to make the call. If we are going in a different direction, now is the time to do it," he added.

Both of Bourquin's wins the past two seasons have come against Springtown. The win this season snapped a MWHS 13-game losing skid. Springtown advanced to the playoffs out of District 6-4A, which the Rams joined this past year.

On average in 10 games this past season, the Rams were outscored 49-18.

Tommy Wells, Sports Editor, Mineral Wells Index

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