It didn’t take long for football fans to show their approval of Andre Willie being hired as Alice’s offensive coordinator.
"On my Facebook it was over a thousand likes," Willie said laughing. "Everybody, classmates and friends and family, it was nothing but great support. Everybody was happy that I came back and I can’t wait to get started with this. I know the (coronavirus) and everything, it’s limited, but no. Great support from everybody here in Alice..."
Willie, an all-state linemen for Alice in ’99, will serve as the Coyotes’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
"I played offensive tackle in high school, played offensive line in college, stayed on the offensive side as far as coaching went. So, yeah, x’s and o’s on the offensive side is everything I know," Willie said. "I like to say that I’m good at it. Inside the box with the linemen, running backs, quarterbacks, that’s my specialty. I’ll be coaching the offensive line here so we are going to get these hogs ready to go. And a lot of it, in the trenches it’s a battle. You’re going to have your up’s and your down’s, but it’s the course of the game that matters and if the hogs do good usually the offense does good. That’s what we’ll be doing. Focusing on for sure."
"He’s going to bring a lot of great things...We were fortunate to get him aboard. He came in for one day of strength and conditioning before we shut down for precautionary measures," said Kyle Atwood, Alice Independent School District’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. "just because the (coronavirus) numbers had gone up in Jim Wells County. The day that he was there you could tell, already, that he was going to develop a great rapport with our kids. I’ve heard a lot of great things about him...Very impressed with Andre Willie. The excitement that he’s going to bring to our program, the knowledge he’s going to bring, the rapport that he’s going to develop with the kids and the coaching staff. We couldn’t be more blessed to have him on our staff...It was kind of a late hire. We had reached out to Andre before, but he wasn’t in a position to move from where he was at and at this point in time he was. And we are so fortunate to have him as part of our staff."
"It has to be about 15 years. I think 2005 was my last time in that stadium...I’m a coach so everywhere I worked, I had to work on Friday’s, but it’s going to be a magical experience," Willie said. "I think the first time I get back in there, cause I know that a lot of success, a lot of wins in that stadium so it means a lot to me to be in that Memorial Stadium; the sky doom."
Willie said after years of coaching, he hasn’t seen any place that compares to Memorial Stadium on a Friday night.
"Uncomparable. Friday night’s (are) when you walk into that stadium and have the old stadium filled, and it’s orange and white. There’s no better feeling in the world. It’s a feeling that I’ll have for the rest of my life...Just talking about it runs chills down my spine," Willie said. "It’s something that I’m glad I get to come back and see. Hopefully, it’s still the same as it was 20 years ago. I know it is so it’s a special thing and I know that once I get the feeling that it’s going to be there. The energy, the suspense and the wins. It’s going to be wonderful."