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Search begins for next St. Joseph coach, AD

By aalvarado
May 29, 2010 at 12:29 a.m.


One day after announcing that head football coach and athletic director John Mares was leaving for Goliad, St. Joseph President William McArdle said that although there is a sense of urgency to find a replacement, the school won't rush into a decision.

"I don't think we can rush the process, but at the same time you want the young men in the program to become acquainted with the new coach," McArdle said.

Mares left his alma mater after a 14-year stint as Flyer head coach. During his time at the helm of the program, Mares amassed a 108-49 record and became the schools all-time winningest coach in 2009.

Mares previously coached at Goliad and applied for the position of head football coach and athletic director when it became available earlier this spring with McArdle's blessing.

"He had some good background in Goliad," said McArdle. "When the position came up he and I talked and I told him I'd support him in his decision."

McArdle told the Advocate that the Goliad school board met and approved Mares' hire earlier this week, but Mares wanted to make sure the announcement would be made Friday to avoid distracting his students at St. Joseph during finals.

"As much success as he's had, John was most about the success of young men," McArdle said.

Though there was an outpouring of calls to inquire about the vacancy, McArdle said no one on the current Flyers coaching staff has come forth to ask about the job.

"This is a process where we will look at the whole field before we make a decision that needs to be made," McArdle said.

Mares previously served as head baseball coach and defensive coordinator at Goliad for six seasons before coming to St. Joseph in 1991.

Mares became the Flyer head football coach and athletic director in 1996, leading St. Joseph's to 11 playoff appearances including four trips to the state semifinals and a state final appearance in 2002.

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