Coach Jerry Carpentier knows a thing or two about taking over a football program.

He stepped in and became the head coach and athletic director at Bruni High School last season just a few months after the Badgers reached the regional round of the Class 1A playoffs.

Minus 10 seniors, Carpentier took the Badgers on another long postseason run, going three rounds deep in the 2A playoffs in 2016.

Now, Freer ISD is hoping the longtime South Texas coach can do the same for the Buckaroos. Carpentier was hired by the school district as its new head coach and athletic director Monday night.

Freer superintendent Conrad Cantu said Carpentier’s offensive philosophy fits what Freer had been doing over the last few seasons. Carpentier’s offenses have relied on the spread formation, which is what the Buckaroos used in 2015 and 2016.

“Through the interview process, we had a couple of guys rise to the top and he was the one that was most impressive,” Cantu said. “He’s a great coach and a really great fit for our kids.”

In Carpentier’s only season at Bruni, the Badgers were a respectable 9-4-1 in 2016.

Before Bruni, Carpentier spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at HM King in Kingsville. Prior to that, he had a stint at McAllen High School after a 10-year run at Banquete as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator. Carpentier was a finalist for the Freer job in 2015.

The district received some 50 applications for the position this time around.

Carpentier takes over a football team which is coming off its best season in years. The Buckaroos were 7-4 in 2016. They emerged as one of the more prolific small school offenses in Texas. They finished District 31-2A as the runner-up and lost in the first round of the playoffs.