Coach Eric John wore many hats this season.

Fiery and energetic, he oversaw the defense in the Alice Coyotes’ 7-3 run this past season. He then helped managed the athletic program’s offseason and he eventually played a role in maintaining athletic program after the departure of head coach and athletic director Justen Evans.

When the school district began searching for Evans’ replacement, John was even considered as a possible replacement.

John began his new job Monday morning at Corpus Christi Miller High School. John took over as the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator under Evans. John will also serve as Miller’s head track and field coach in the spring.

When he arrived in Alice last spring, John’s plan was to abandon Alice’s old Weak Eagle defense (five defensive linemen and two linebackers) and line up in a tradition 4-3 defense with four up front and three linebackers. It worked well. The Coyotes held opponents to an average of 17 points a game this past season. They also limited opponents to only one score four times this season.

John was a standout defensive back for the Texas A&M University-Javelinas. He began his coaching career at Santa Gertrudis Academy in Kingsville before coming to Alice.

While brief, John said his time in Alice was memorable.

“My time at Alice was a wonderful experience,” he said. “I love the kids as my family. I wouldn’t trade that time for the world.”