ORANGE GROVE — Following a run of five-straight playoff appearances and four consecutive 10-win seasons, Orange Grove is beginning the process of replacing coach Jerry Bomar, who recently left the school for Beevile.
Orange Grove superintendent Lynn Burton said if all goes as planned, the school’s board of trustees could be deciding between two finalists in the beginning of June.
“It’s a little late in the season, but we think we can get someone here fairly quickly,” Burton said.
Bomar took over the Orange Grove program in 2011 and turned it from average to one of the premier football teams in South Texas. Before Bomar, the Bulldogs had never won a district championship and they went on win five straight over the next five seasons.
According to the Beeville Bee-Picayune, the Beeville school board unanimously approved the hiring of Bomar at a meeting last Tuesday night. Be began working at Beeville High School the next day. Bomar received a two-year contract as athletic director and head coach with a yearly salary of $108,000.
“Coach Bomar did a great job for us,” Burton said. “What he did here in Orange Grove over the last couple of years was amazing.”
The Bulldogs were 10-1 this season.
Orange Grove coach Enrique Gonzales was named the program’s interim head coach and athletic director.
Orange Grove began advertising for a new head coach and athletic director last week. Burton said an interview committee comprised of school administrators, teachers and community members will interview candidates and narrow the pool down to two finalists. The plan is to present the finalist to the school board in early June.