Bloomington grad returning to alma mater as AD/football coach


April 16, 2012 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2012 at 11:17 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON - Layne Elkins won 13 games in his three seasons as Bloomington's starting quarterback.

The Bobcats have won 15 games since 2000.

Elkins will attempt the reverse the fortunes of his alma mater after being named Bloomington's athletic director and head football coach on Monday night.

Elkins, who is currently an assistant football coach and the girls head track coach at Cuero, received a 6-0 vote of the Bloomington school district board of trustees, with David Hoffman abstaining.

Elkins will become Bloomington's eighth head football coach in the last 11 seasons when he replaces Randy Perez, who announced his resignation in March after two seasons.

"I'm excited about it," said Elkins of his first head coaching job when reached by phone after the meeting. "I know the program has struggled. But coach Perez has done a good job and I believe it's a chance for someone to come in and be successful."

Bloomington has not had a winning season since 1998, has not made the playoffs since 1999 and has lost 51 consecutive district games dating back to 2002.

The Bobcats went 1-9 last season, but 13 starters were either sophomores or freshmen.

"They have some good kids there," Elkins said. "I went to school with some of the kids' parents. I know there's been a problem with some consistency."

Elkins has been at Cuero for three seasons. He previously coached at Goliad, Sonora, Monahans and McCamey.

Bloomington Superintendent Delores Warnell said the district received 37 applications for the position.

"In the interview, I felt like Layne was the one who could take Bloomington to a different place," Warnell said. "I feel like he can work with the kids and inspire them. I also liked the fact that he stressed academics."

Elkins will receive a one-year contract and will begin his duties after the track and field season.

"My parents still live there," Elkins said. "I feel good about going home and giving back to a community that gave so much to me."



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