The Alice Coyotes’ new baseball coach comes from the San Antonio area and has a deep resume that includes high school playoff appearances and scouting for Major League Baseball clubs.

San Antonio Brennan High School baseball coach Nick Alvarado was hired as the new baseball coach at Alice.

The hiring was announced during an Alice school board meeting Monday night.

Alvarado was the head baseball coach at Brennan since 2010. Brennan is a part of Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

Under Alvarado, the Bears were 14-12-1 in District 28-6A this past season. Since joining Brennan High School, Alvarado had guided the Bears to a pair of district championships. Brennan has been in the state playoffs in three of the last four years.

Alice head coach and athletic director Kyle Atwood said Alvarado was chosen from a talented pool of candidates who applied for the position. In all, eight coaches were interviewed for the position.

“We feel really excited and really blessed that coach Alvarado showed interest in our baseball program,” Atwood said. “It’s a phenomenal baseball program with a lot of tradition and fortunately a lot of really good athletes.”

Atwood said Alvarado’s background and experience made him the best candidate.

“Everyone we interviewed was very well suited for the job, but coach Alvarado really stood out,” Atwood said. “He has a lot of baseball knowledge, a love of kids and a great work ethic — all kinds of things that make him an exception guy for the job. I believe he’ll be really successful here.”

Alvarado was a two-time all-state catcher at Central Catholic High School. After high school, Alvarado spent two seasons as a catcher for the Laredo Junior College Palominos. He was named all-conference as a sophomore.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

According to the website baseballsanantonio.com, Alvarado’s background including scouting for the MLB Colorado Rockies and the Anaheim Angels. Alvarado also had some 20 years of experience in high school and professional baseball. He is also a certified professional instructor in hitting, pitching and catching, according to the website.

Alvarado replaces former coach Rene Chavez, who is leaving Alice High School after two seasons with the Coyotes.

Chavez resigned from the school district this spring.

Chavez was hired in Alice by former athletic director Justen Evans. He came to Alice from Corpus Christi King where he worked as an assistant on the Mustangs baseball team. Chavez inherited a baseball program which was 5-14 in 2016.

The Coyotes were 13-14 this season and 2-8 in 30-5A’s North Zone. The Coyotes lost their end-of-the-season crossover game against the South Zone’s Corpus Christi Moody, 3-1. Alice was 13-13 in Chavez’s first season here in 2017.