Travis Reeve returns to Cuero as AD, head football coach
March 11, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2012 at 10:12 p.m.
CUERO - Travis Reeve enjoyed the six years he coached at Cuero.
"Cuero is one of those special places in Texas where athletics is important," Reeve said. "You have great community support and a great tradition of success."
Reeve is looking forward to returning to Cuero after being named the school's athletic director and head football coach.
Reeve's hiring was recommended by Superintendent Henry Lind and unanimously approved by the Cuero school district board of trustees at a special-called meeting on Sunday.
Reeve left Cuero after the 2009 season when his father, Mark, resigned as athletic director and head football coach to become the defensive coordinator at Texas Lutheran University.
He has been the offensive coordinator at San Antonio Churchill the past two seasons.
"I'm real excited to be going back," Reeve said by phone from his San Antonio residence. "It's an opportunity for my family and me to come back home. We have a lot of friends and family nearby."
Reeve will replace Rick Owens, who was reassigned after two seasons as athletic director and head football coach.
The school district received over 60 applications for the position and interviewed five finalists before selecting Reeve.
Those interviewed were Iraan athletic director and head football coach Jonathan Fellows, Brady athletic director and head football coach Glenn Jones, Crockett athletic director and head football coach Paul Parsons, and San Antonio McCollum offensive coordinator and former Seguin head football coach Jim Carson.
Carson replaced Rockdale athletic director and head football coach Jeff Miller, who withdrew on Saturday.
"We felt like we had some excellent people to choose from and couldn't go wrong with many of them," said B.J. Drehr, president of the board of trustees. "But Travis did stand out and his character we've seen before and we are pleased with what we have."
Cuero experienced great success during Reeve's tenure. The Gobblers never lost a district game, advanced to the state semifinals five times, and the Class 3A, Division I state final in 2004.
Reeve played quarterback at Victoria High and on the college level at Southern Arkansas and Southwest Texas State (Texas State).
He began coaching under Mark Reeve at Victoria High and Plano West before becoming the offensive coordinator at San Antonio MacArthur in 2002.
"I've been real fortunate to work with a lot of good coaches and I've learned a lot from those guys," Reeve said. "To be able to be the head coach in Cuero is a great opportunity."
The Gobblers finished with a 3-7 record last season, had their 42-game district winning streak snapped, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
"Anytime you have a season where you don't win there are a wide variety of things that happen," Reeve said. "I'm really not sure of all that went wrong. Our focus is going to be on 2012 and getting in the playoffs and making a run."
Reeve's son Blake played quarterback for the junior varsity team at Cuero and will be a senior next season.
Reeve will work on hiring offensive and defensive coordinators during spring break and hopes to start at Cuero when the students return to school.
"Winning's a process," Reeve said. "The first thing we're going to do is get to work. We have a lot of things to work on between now and August. We have to come together as a team and play together."