Chris Soza is back in orange — Beeville orange.

The Alice native and former Alice Coyote head football coach is taking over the A.C. Jones athletic department and football program, according to the Beeville Bee-Picayune.

Soza spent the last two seasons heading up the Medina Valley program. He returns to Beeville to replace Jerry Bomar who left to return to Groesbeck in March.

For his career, Soza has a record of 167-100. His head coaching stops include Mathis from 1996 to 2003, Beeville from 2004 to 2008, Alice from 2009 to 2015 and Medina Valley from 2017 to 2018. Soza’s teams reached the state playoffs 17 times. At Mathis, he went to the 1999 Class 3A state title game. The Pirates also reached the state quarterfinals in 2000. He led Beeville to the state quarterfinals in 2007.

Soza was successful at Beeville before. Under his direction, the Trojans made the playoffs and won at least one playoff game in each of his four seasons there.

Under Soza, the Coyotes were a combined 49-29 through seven seasons. Alice reached the state playoffs in five of the season seasons.

Soza led Medina Valley to the playoffs of each of his two seasons there.

In 2018, Soza and his brother, Robert Soza, were inducted into the Alice Coyote Athletic Hall of Honor.