Reeve decides to leave position


June 7, 2012 at 1:07 a.m.
Updated June 8, 2012 at 1:08 a.m.

Mark Reeve.

Mark Reeve.

Mark Reeve won't say he is retiring, but has no plans to coach football next season.

Reeve has resigned as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Texas Lutheran University.

Alan Roberts, the Bulldogs' secondary coach, has also announced his resignation.

Reeve and wife, Jan, were completing a move to their Hill Country residence in Mountain Home when reached by phone on Thursday.

"I just think it's the right time for us to move up here," Reeve said. "We both have parents that need a little extra help. I may end up coaching somewhere around here. I already have one job offer. I'm not ruling anything out, but I do know I'm not going to work next season."

Reeve, 61, was the athletic director and head football coach at Cuero for seven seasons before joining the staff at Texas Lutheran in January of 2010.

He began his head coaching career at Victoria High and was also the head coach at Plano West.

"I've always thought of myself as a high school coach," Reeve said. "The college thing was a good change. Division III is a little bit different."

Reeve recruited a number of area players to Texas Lutheran, including Nic Wallace from Victoria East, Gabe Garcia, Jayce Serrano, Terry Ramey and Carlos Eddington from Victoria West, Case Sillimon, Cade Cihal and Josh Labay from Ganado, and Bryce Pruitt from Industrial.

"The recruiting was different," Reeve said. "It is a year-round process in Division III. Basically you're recruiting them until they show up for school."

Roberts, who was the head football coach at Calhoun for five seasons, will join Bob Gillis' staff at El Campo.

Reeve and Roberts were the first hires by Texas Lutheran head coach Danny Padron in 2010.

They took over a team that had gone 0-10 in 2009 and was a combined 6-24 over the previous three seasons.

The Bulldogs went 9-11 overall and 7-9 in the American Southwest Conference the last two seasons and were 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the ASC in 2011.

"We all started together in the winter of 2010 with the goal of restoring confidence, credibility, and a winning tradition to TLU football," Padron said in a news release. "Coach Reeve and coach Roberts were at the forefront of those efforts. Together with our entire staff, our players and the TLU community, coach Reeve and coach Roberts returned TLU football to a competitive force in NCAA Division III. We are thankful for their tireless service, and we wish them nothing but the best."

Padron said Mark Carey and Braxton Harris have been promoted to co-defensive coordinators, and Craig Harris has been hired as a defensive line coach.

Reeve's sons Travis and Charlie are football coaches. Travis is the athletic director and head football coach at Cuero and Charlie is an assistant at Texas-San Antonio.

Reeve is looking forward to watching his grandson, Blake, play for the Gobblers next season.

"Scott Phillips who coached at Plano East is a good friend and he lives up near Junction so we talk a lot," Reeve said. "He told me he coaches the goats and the chickens. I guess that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to coach the goats and the chickens."



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