Like any coach, Kyle Atwood has compiled his share of memories through his 10-year career. However, he admits that his fondest memories are of the two football seasons he spent as an Alice assistant coach under head coach Brent Davis in 2007 and 2008.
Mostly, he vividly remembers the kind of support the Coyotes had during that magical 2008 season and how the team came together to win 10-straight games and win the program’s first district championship in 25 years. He also remembers how seemingly the entire community make the two-hour trip to the Alamodome in San Antonio to watch the Coyotes go head-to-head with Lake Travis in the third round of the state playoffs.
“The kind of community support that poured in… I’ve never seen anything like that,” Atwood said. “In all my years of coaching, I’ve never been in a game with such high-energy and excitement as that game between Alice and Lake Travis.”
Atwood is hoping to relive that kind of excitement again in Alice, only this time as the program’s head coach.
The 32-year-old was hired by the Alice school board at a special meeting Tuesday.
Atwood comes to Alice after five seasons at San Angelo Grape Creek where he was the head coach and athletic director.
“I’m really looking forward to being in Alice,” Atwood said. “It’s a great community and a great athletic program, and their nothing like Alice, American and it’s athletics. I can’t even explain his excited I am to be given this opportunity.
Atwood followed Davis to San Angelo from Alice after 2008 and helped engineer a historic turnaround with the Bobcats, who snapped a 21-game losing streak in 2009.
By 2011, Central went 9-3 and was celebrating its first undisputed district title since 1963.
In 2012, Atwood took over a Class 3A Grape Creek team that had never made the playoffs or won more than four games since the program began in 1998.
Though he only managed a 15-36 record with the Eagles, he guided the program to its two best seasons ever.
Under Atwood, the Coyotes will run a traditional “spread” offense similar to what the Coyotes ran under Davis. Defensively, expect to see the Coyotes in a 4-2-5 defense, which is similar to that of TCU’s. Atwood said the defensive formation is better suited to stopping spread offenses.
Atwood expects to bring with him as many as four assistants, but said his coaching staff will be made up primarily of coaches already in place in Alice.
"I think it's important to have coaches who already have those strong relationship with the kids," he said.
Atwood will be in Alice through the next two days and expects to begun full-time on Monday.