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Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Willis makes HS coaching staff assignments
By JON FULBRIGHT
New Pecos Eagles head football coach Patrick Willis has got his high school
level coaching staff set for football and his coaching position assignments
made up for the start of preseason workouts next month, but is still waiting
to fill a couple of junior high positions and waiting to see where the varsity
and junior varsity Eagles will be practicing when workouts begin on Aug.
Willis, who was named the Eagles' new head coach and athletic director
two weeks ago, said he and his six assistant coaches would handle both the
varsity and JV teams, and that the assistant coaches "are going to coach
one side of the ball as far as JV and varsity are concerned."
Willis said he will handle coaching the quarterbacks, as well as serving
as his own offensive coordinator this season. The former Abilene Cooper
assistant coach under Randy Quisenberry is bringing in the Cougars' one-back
offense for the Eagles to run this season, after Pecos had run the option
the past two seasons, first under Gary Grubbs and then under Fred Carter.
The other coaching assignments on offense have Michael Valencia working
with the running backs, Joe Flores with the offensive linemen and Junior
Williams with the receivers. On defense, Willis said Elias Payan would be
the defensive coordinator and handle the secondary, while Robbie Ortega
will work with the linebackers and Charlie Wilson with the defensive linemen.
Willis said Gaylon Doan and Jerry Parent would be the coaches working
with the freshman Eagles this season.
Valencia has been moved up from serving as eighth grade head coach, while
Wilson moves up from the freshmen level, to fill the vacancies left by the
resignations of Brian Gibson and Ronnie Molina. Willis said the ninth graders
will go with two coaches this season, but he has one other junior high position
"We're interviewing one today," he said. The interview comes prior to
Thursday's Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board meeting, and the specific junior
high assignments will be made after the positions are filled.
High school workouts will begin before the next school board meeting
in August, and two weeks before seventh and eighth grade preseason workouts
will begin. In between now and Aug. 4, Willis said he's hoping workers on
the new PHS softball field will have their dirt work completed, so that
the field can be used for preseason workouts.
"We're crossing our fingers. If not, we'll go over to the baseball field,"
he said. Dirt work currently is being done to create an infield area on the
northwest side of the high school football practice field, while the construction
of stands and light towers are scheduled to follow and be ready by the time
softball practice gets underway in late January.
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