ORANGE GROVE — The Orange Grove Bulldogs are in need of a new head coach and athletic director after parting ways with coach Scotty Pugh.
Pugh, who came to Class 4A Orange Grove before the 2016 season from Granbury High School, left the Bulldogs after this past season.
In his two seasons here, the Bulldogs were 7-4 in 2016 and 5-6 in 2017. Orange Grove reached the playoffs in both seasons.
The Bulldogs ended the 2017 regular season with back-to-back district losses to Rio Hondo and Raymondville. They fell to Rio Hondo, 55-41, and to Raymondvile, 20-0. The first round of the Class 4A playoffs matched Orange Grove up against Sweeny, who ended the Bulldogs’ run with a 49-0 loss.
Orange Grove was also knocked out of the playoffs in the first round in 2016 with a 48-14 loss to Wharton.
The school district posted the job opening on its website earlier this month.
Aside from qualifications and special knowledge/skills, the job posting states the new coach’s salary will commensurate with “years of service and qualifications.”
Orange Grove superintendent Dr. Randy Hoyer is overseeing the search for the school’s new coach and athletic director. The school district is accepting applications until Jan. 31.
Pugh arrived in Orange Grove to replace Jerry Bomar, who left the Bulldogs in 2016 to take over at Jones High School in Beeville. Bomar left some big coaching shoes to fill. During his run at Orange Grove, the Bulldogs won five-straight district championships and have four-straight 10-win seasons.