Ganado promotes coordinator to AD/head coach
Jan. 13, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2014 at 7:13 p.m.
Jim Bird would love to accomplish what his father did in his first year as a head coach.
The elder Jim Bird led China Spring to a state championship in 1978.
The younger Bird will do his best to emulate his father after being named the athletic director and head football coach at Ganado on Monday.
Bird, 35, served as the defensive coordinator at Ganado last season and will replace Jimmy Thompson, whose resignation was effective at the end of the school year last week.
"I am grateful for the opportunity," Bird said. "This is not something that happens all the time. They have great kids here who work hard. They believe in you, and they believe in themselves. We have a lot of kids who we have to replace, and that's what we'll be doing over the next six months is looking for kids to fill those spots."
Bird came to Ganado last season from Groveton, where he was the offensive coordinator.
He played football at Groveton and was the quarterback and middle linebacker when Groveton defeated Ganado 14-6 in the 1996 Class 2A semifinals.
"I was a senior that year, and my dad was the defensive coordinator," Bird said. "That was one heck of a fight. They had a great team, and it was a great game."
Thompson had a 39-9 record during his four seasons at Ganado, which included four playoff appearances.
Ganado Superintendent Jeff Black was impressed with the work Bird did last season.
"After talking to him and interviewing him, we think he'll do a tremendous job," Black said. "He knows the kids, and the transition won't be that long. We think he'll make a great head coach."
Bird played football at Mary Hardin-Baylor and began his coaching career at the Belton school. He also coached at Waller before returning to Groveton in 2007.
"There will be some difference in our offseason," Bird said. "Of course, at a Class 1A school, there really is no offseason because the kids play a lot of sports. We're going to focus around the weight room and help our kids get bigger, stronger and faster for all their sports.
"Jimmy did a real good job," he added. "I'm going to get with the staff and start implementing all the different stuff."