Auten takes over St. Joseph football program

July 2, 2012 at 2:02 a.m.
Updated July 3, 2012 at 2:03 a.m.

After spending nine years as an assistant coach at two Crossroads schools, Kevin Auten is familiar with the St. Joseph football program.

The 35-year-old will take over as head football coach at St. Joseph High School this season, the school announced Monday.

"I know there's a lot of history and we've had a lot of success in the past so I'm really excited to have the opportunity to take over there and see if we can build off that," Auten said.

Former head coach Donnie Slatter stepped down on June 12 to become an assistant football and boys head track coach at Waller. In two seasons at St. Joseph, Slatter went 5-16 and led the Flyers to a playoff appearance.

Auten takes over a team that finished 1-9 last season.

St. Joseph boys basketball coach Abraham Garcia will be the school's athletic director in addition to his duties as boys head basketball coach and assistant football coach.

"It's great, I really appreciate it," said Garcia about his new role.

Auten comes to Victoria after one season as head football coach at Big Lake Reagan County, in West Texas, where he went 4-6. It is a Class 1A, Division I district school.

Reagan County will move to Class 2A Division II with an enrollment of 204 students.

St. Joseph competes in the TAPPS Division II with an average football enrollment of 156 students according to the TAPPS website.

Auten is a graduate of Whitney High School and Tarleton State University.

He started his coaching career as an assistant at Goliad High School and made stops at Yoakum and Conroe high schools before returning to Goliad in 2010.

Austen said one of the things that made St. Joseph an appealing job was the fact that the school was successful in the past under former coach John Mares.

"I just felt like it was a school full of good people and good students willing to work hard and win some games," Auten said.

Auten was part of a staff that helped Goliad and Yoakum reach the playoffs twice.



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