After his first full week with the Alice Coyotes and the Alice High School athletic program, coach Kyle Atwood said his primary goal is making the transition as seamless and smooth as possible.
It’s a chore that can be easier said than done, especially since the 32-year-old represents Alice High School third head coach and athletic director in three seasons.
The athletes who are finishing their junior year and preparing to become seniors where sophomore in coach Chris Soza’s final year here in 2015. The end of their 10th-grade year and the first half of this year was under the director of coach Justen Evans before he left for Corpus Christi Miller at the beginning of March. Those same athletes are know having to adjust to another program, new terminology and a different philosophy.
“The main thing is that we make the transition an easy transition for the kids,” Atwood said. “We need the kids to know that it’s going to be an easy transition. If you think about it, they’ve gone through three different athletic directors in the last three years. That’s not fair to them.”
Atwood said Alice High School has a solid coaching staff in place, and he doesn’t see any major changes to the overall program other than sorting out athletic periods to allow better use of the school’s facilities.
“Just looking at the program, it’s really in good shape,” he said. “The numbers are good in all of the programs and there’s a lot of interest in our sports. We have great kids in Alice with lots of ability. I believe we really have an a chance to give our kids the maximum opportunity to succeed.”
Atwood was hired as Alice’s new athletic director and head coach at a school board meeting last week. His coaching career began in Alice as an assistant on coach Brent Davis staff before the 2012 season.
Atwood followed Davis to San Angelo from Alice after 2008 and helped engineer a historic turnaround with the Bobcats, who snapped a 21-game losing streak in 2009.
By 2011, Central went 9-3 and was celebrating its first undisputed district title since 1963. In 2012, Atwood took over a Class 3A Grape Creek team that had never made the playoffs or won more than four games since the program began in 1998. Though he only managed a 15-36 record with the Eagles, he guided the program to its two best seasons ever.