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Nixon-Smiley will begin the 2021 season with a new head football coach.

Pablo Ybarra has announced that he is retiring.

Ybarra was the head coach at Nixon-Smiley for three seasons.

The Mustangs went 7-23 during Ybarra’s tenure and made one playoff appearance.

Nixon-Smiley had a 3-6 record last season and went 1-5 in District 15-3A, Division II.

Ybarra coached for over 30 seasons, including stops at Hondo, Cotulla and Lyford.

Carlton McKinney, the athletic director at Nixon-Smiley, said the district will accept applications for Ybarra’s replacement through Saturday and interviews are expected to begin next week.

McKinney said the district hopes to name a new coach before the end of the month.

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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