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Clint Finley takes job at Los Fresnos

By MIKE FORMAN
April 5, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.


West volleyball position reopens

Wharton coach Courtney Carter has decided not to become the head volleyball coach at Victoria West when it opens in the next school year.

Victoria school district Athletic Director Ralph Escalona said Carter told him she had changed her mind and decided to stay at Wharton. Carter's hiring was approved by the Victoria school district board of trustees in February.

Escalona said the school district has reopened the position and would begin accepting applications.

Clint Finley has been around football his entire life.

Clint's father and Memorial head football coach Mickey Finley has been in the coaching profession since Clint was born, and Clint has made no secret of his desire to do the same.

"It's something that's always been a goal of mine," Finley said. "I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps. A lot of people have benefited from what my dad did. I want to do my best to help the kids in athletics anyway I can."

Clint Finley will get the opportunity after being named the athletic director and head football coach at Los Fresnos.

The Los Fresnos board of trustees voted unanimously Monday night to hire Finley.

Finley was selected from three finalists that included Texas A&M assistant coach Kirk Doll and Los Fresnos interim head coach Jason Wheeler.

Finley will receive a district-mandated one-year probationary contract at $86,000 a year.

He will replace Scott Ford, who resigned in February to become the athletic director and head football coach at Nacogdoches.

Finley has been the defensive coordinator at Memorial for the past three seasons, and was to become the offensive coordinator at Victoria East when it opens in the next school year.

"I'm excited to have my own program," Finley said. "I was really impressed by the tradition they have. They place big importance on athletics, academics and excellence. It's a one-horse town. Everybody is behind you. It reminds me of my hometown only bigger."

Finley was an all-state quarterback at Cuero and played safety at Nebraska. He played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, and began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant for his father at Arlington High.

He was an assistant coach under his father at Cleburne and Schulenburg before joining the Memorial staff.

"I think he's been ready to be a head coach for a couple of years," Mickey Finley said. "It's a great first job. Not many people get the opportunity to start in a place like this. He's had opportunities to coach at some smaller schools, but his patience paid off."

Mickey Finley said Memorial assistant Brad Eblen will become the offensive coordinator at East next season.

Ford was at Los Fresnos for seven seasons and had a 65-19 record.

The Falcons went 7-4 last season and lost in the Class 5A, Division II bi-district playoffs to Edinburg North.

Clint Finley hopes to begin work at Los Fresnos on Thursday.

"It's going to be a lot of delegation," Finley said. "I want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can.

"I've been studying for this opportunity for a long time. The good thing is my dad is only a phone call away. I'll be leaning on him and the coaches he's worked with around the state."

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