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Mares named athletic director, football coach at Goliad

By MIKE FORMAN
Jan. 24, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2012 at 7:25 p.m.

John Mares was head coach at St. Joseph for 14 seasons, earning him a record of 108-49 while there. He has the most wins of any coach in Flyers' history.

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Assistant: Calhoun, Hallettsville Sacred Heart, Goliad, St. JosephHead Football Coach: St. Joseph, 14 seasons, 108-49 record, 11 playoff appearancesHead Baseball Coach: Goliad, 7 seasonsHead Basketball Coach: St. Joseph, 4 seasons

John Mares was tired, but happy when he arrived at school Tuesday at 5 a.m.

He didn't get much sleep after learning late Monday night he was being promoted to Goliad's athletic director and head football coach.

"It's something I've always wanted," Mares said. "The facilities are outstanding and the kids are great."

Mares has been an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Goliad for the past two seasons.

He will replace Mark Cunningham, who resigned earlier this month.

Mares was one of three finalists for the position when Cunningham got the job before the 2010 season.

Goliad had a 4-16 record in Cunningham's two seasons. The Tigers went 2-8 and were 1-4 in District 30-3A last season.

"We're not looking back, we're going forward," Mares said. "I got here early this morning and we're ready to start rocking and rolling."

Christy Paulsgrove, superintendent of the Goliad school district, said the district received 27 applications for the position before deciding to promote Mares.

"We're excited John Mares is back with us," Paulsgrove said.

Mares owns a ranch in Goliad County and was the head baseball coach and defensive coordinator at Goliad from 1986 to 1991.

He left Goliad to coach at St. Joseph and spent 20 years at his alma mater. He was the athletic director and head football coach for 14 seasons.

"I've been going back and forth to Goliad for a long period of time," Mares said. "I know the kids here and they are hard-working kids. With the nucleus of kids we have here, we should be able to take a big, positive step."

Mares was the winningest coach in St. Joseph history, compiling a 108-49 record that included 11 playoff appearances.

Mares led the Flyers to the semifinals four times and the TAPPS Class 5A state final in 2002.

Mares was also the head basketball coach for four seasons at St. Joseph and had a 60-58 record that included three playoff appearances.

Mares began his coaching career at Calhoun, where he was the junior high coordinator, and spent two seasons coaching at Hallettsville Sacred Heart.

Goliad turned in an average daily attendance of 414 to the University Interscholastic League, and is likely to become a Class 2A school when the UIL's realignment and reclassification is announced on Feb. 2.

"A big part of what's going to happen is realignment," Mares said. "You never know what can happen, but I really feel like we're going to drop."

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