Seeing newly-hire head coach Kyle Atwood signal in plays to his offense during a team drill Wednesday morning, it seems like the Coyotes are as seasoned as any program for this time of year.

And while Atwood has been with the program for a month now, Alice’s progress offensively can credited to a somewhat similar offense from a year ago and a lot of learning over the last few weeks. 

“I feel like we have a good base to build on,” Atwood said. “Obviously, we have a lot of stuff to improve on and tweak for the future, but I feel really good about where we are going into the summer.”

While Atwood’s spread offense is like the offense run last season in Alice by former head coach Justen Evans, it’s different in its terminology, routes and philosophy. Alice is more ahead defensively mostly because the last season’s defense and this season’s are basically the same.  

All together, it has Atwood feeling optimistic headed into the summer before drills in August.

“We just have to stay busy and maintain what we’ve built,” he said. “We have to continue to improve throwing, catching and covering.”

Through the summer, the Alice program will have weights and conditioning four days a week. The program will also participate in some 7-on-7 play and weekly lineman challenges. Alice is scheduled to compete in 7-on-7 tournaments in Jourdanton and Calallen in June, and the team’s is also competing in several lineman challenges. 

Atwood was hired by the Alice school district on April 18. He’s taking over a program that’s been through some changes. He presents Alice’s third head coach in as many seasons.