ORANGE GROVE — The Bulldogs will likely have their new athletic director and head football coach Thursday morning.

After about a month-long search, Orange Grove ISD superintendent Lynn Burton is expected to announce the program’s new coach at a press conference Thursday morning at the Orange Grove athletic department indoor practice facility. The press conference is set for 10 a.m. Thursday. 

Burton and the school district’s board of trustees are meeting Wednesday night to discuss the hiring.

The new coach has some big shoes to fill in Orange Grove. Following a run of five-straight playoff appearances and four consecutive 10-win seasons, coach Jerry Bomar left the district to head up the Beeville program.

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, however, 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 in May. He 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.

The Bulldogs were 10-1 this season.

Orange Grove coach Enrique Gonzales was named the program’s interim head coach and athletic director.