Goliad football coach resigns
Jan. 12, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2012 at 7:12 p.m.
Mark Cunningham returned from the Christmas vacation and discovered his tenure as the athletic director and head football coach at Goliad had come to an end.
Cunningham resigned from the position Tuesday, following a meeting of the Goliad school district board of trustees on Monday night.
"They told me they wanted somebody else in as head coach," Cunningham said on Thursday. "I was shocked. But I didn't want to be a burden to the kids."
Cunningham declined to be specific about who prompted the resignation after his second season at Goliad.
Goliad had a 4-16 record during Cunningham's tenure. The Tigers were 2-8 last season and went 1-4 in District 30-3A.
"I don't want to cause any problems for the kids," Cunningham said. "They worked their rear ends off."
Christy Paulsgrove, superintendent of the Goliad school district, refused to discuss the reasons for Cunningham's departure.
"It was a mutual thing," Paulsgrove said. "I really can't comment other than to say we accepted his resignation."
Cunningham came to Goliad from China Spring, where he was the defensive coordinator for two seasons.
Cunningham has been a head coach for 14 seasons. He previously coached at Pittsburg, Alvarado, Glen Rose, White Settlement and has an overall record of 78-68.
Cunningham said he was most proud of the increase in the number of students participating in athletics.
He also touted his offseason program for male and female athletes.
"I know the kids are faster and stronger," Cunningham said. "Whoever comes in here should be able to win. The kids are going to do very well."
Cunningham was uncertain about whether he would seek another coaching position.
"I'm not sure right now," he said. "I'm going to take a look see about how I want to go."
Goliad submitted an average daily attendance of 414 to the University Interscholastic League.
Goliad will likely drop to Class 2A for the next two school years when the UIL's realignment and reclassification is announced on Feb. 2.
Paulsgrove said Dale Mullenix will be in charge of the boys programs, and Stacy Zamzow will direct the girls programs until a new athletic director and head football coach is in place.
The district will accept applications for the position through Jan. 24.
Paulsgrove said the board of trustees would discuss hiring Cunningham's replacement at special-called meeting on Jan. 23.
"We want to get someone as soon as we can because of realignment," she said.