Pete Garcia

Alice Echo-News Journal

FREER - The football coach responsible for ending the Freer Buckaroos’ playoff drought is leaving town.

Athletic director and head football coach Joseph Alvarado recently submitted his resignation to the Freer ISD?school board.

He said he is leaving Freer because of his recent marriage and new home in San Antonio.

Alvarado took over the Freer program in 2004 and replaced long time Buckaroos coach Bob Ford.

At the time, Alvarado, who was a former assistant under former San Diego coach Robert Soza, took over a program which was down on its luck. A?traditional South Texas powerhouse in 2A, the Buckaroos had not seen the postseason in two years.

Freer went 2-8 in 2004 and bettered that mark to 5-5 the following season.

The Buckaroos finally broke through in 2006 by going three rounds into the playoffs and finishing 10-3. Freer again went 10-3 last season.