FREER — School administrators are in search of the Freer Buckaroos’ third head coach in six seasons after athletic director and head football coach Eliseo Aguero unexpectedly resigned.
Aguero, who was hired before the 2008 season, said he is leaving the Buckaroos to work closer to family around San Antonio.
"I'm moving on" Aguero said. "Right now, I'm just looking for employment closer to home in the San Antonio area."
In his two seasons in Freer, the Buckaroos were 6-13. When he arrived, Freer had just been moved into the always-competitive District 31-2A with teams like George West, Three Rivers and Dilley. That made rebuilding in Freer difficult.
"It was a very tough district," he said. "Every team was very good."
Aguero said he enjoyed his time in Freer.
"It's really been wonderful," Aguero said. "I'm just glad I had the opportunity and I'm glad to have worked with the youth of Freer. I've just come to a point in my career… family is very important to me, and it's important for me to be closer to family."
Freer ISD?superintendent Alberto Gonzalez said the search for Aguero’s replacement has yielded more than 50 applicants. Of those, 14 have experience as a head coach and athletic director. The others have experience as an offensive or defensive coordinator.
"Right now, we're trying to streamline the number of applicants we have so we can decide on the ones we want to contact and interview," Gonzalez said.
In the coming weeks, Gonzalez said the pool of candidates will be narrowed to six. From there, as many as four will be brought before trustees.
board for an interview. Gonzalez said he plans on having his final recommendation to trustees before the end of March.
Gonzalez said the main attribute wanted in candidates is experience.
"The number one thing we're looking for is experience," Gonzalez said. "We're looking for experience administratively, which means being an athletic director, having mid-management experience, administration certification or a masters in education. We want someone who has come up through the ranks in junior high, varsity and then an offensive or defensive coordinator. Of course, we'd like to have someone with playoff experience, either as a head coach or being on a staff that has had that kind of success."
As an athletic director, Gonzalez said the new coach must also have Freer’s girls athletic program in mind.
"We're also going to look at how they have interjected their abilities into girls sports," Gonzalez said. "We're not just looking at someone with results in football. We'd like to look at the overall program they're coming from."