The Alice school board extended athletic director and head football coach Kyle Atwood’s contract by three years at a meeting Monday night.

At the time he was hired here in April, Atwood was signed to a two-year contract for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The school board’s decision added three seasons beyond the 2018 season.

Board members said Atwood’s salary will remain the same until at least 2019.

Atwood had a successful first season with the Coyotes in 2017. Under his direction, Alice went 7-3 in the regular season. They finished in second place in District 30-5A’s North Zone. After not seeing the postseason since 2013, the Coyotes advanced to the Class 5A, Div. II playoffs by beating Corpus Christi Moody, 48-27, in an InterZone playoff game.

Alice beat Floresville, 44-25, in the bi-district round of the state playoffs. The Coyotes then won a 42-29 overtime decision against Sharyland to win an area championship.

The Coyotes played the Austin McCallum Knights in the San Antonio Alamodome two weeks ago. They lost the regional quarterfinal match-up, 33-8.

Before Alice, Atwood posted a 15-36 record in five seasons at Class 3A Grape Creek taking the Eagles to their only two playoff appearances (2014, 2016) and their first winning record when they went 6-4 in 2016.

Before taking the Grape Creek job, Atwood was an assistant at Class 6A San Angelo Central under former Alice head coach Brent Davis. Atwood began his coaching career in Alice in 2007 under Davis.