By Alonzo Garza
It’s always best to go out on top.
Lion Head Football Coach Troy Moses has chosen to do exactly that after leading the Lions to their first championship in nearly 40 years. On Monday, Moses was offered, and accepted a position as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the A.C. Jones High School Trojans in Beeville.
“This decision was very hard for our family, after making Lockhart our home,” Moses said in a written statement on Tuesday. “This opportunity is enabling us to move our children closer to their grandparents as well as giving me the ability to advance my career by not only being the head football coach but also the athletic director.”
Word of Moses’ new assignment spread quickly and he spent most of Monday afternoon fielding calls from the media, from parents, friends and well-wishers.
Meanwhile, administrators began to look at the challenge of replacing Moses while the district is in the middle of TAKS testing and winding down the school year.
“Kim and I would like to thank the entire community for their continued support throughout our time here in Lockhart,” Moses said. “We have had many great experiences that will be with us forever. It has been a great pleasure working with the young men and women of Lockhart. They are the ones who will be missed.”
Moses was one of six finalists selected for interviews after former Trojan Head Coach Chris Soza accepted a position as head football coach and athletic director for the Alice ISD in March.
Beeville ISD Superintendent John Hardwick released the names of the finalists for the position on Friday, April 17, and by 1 p.m. on Monday, Moses had received the call and accepted the position.
Other coaches in the running included George Pena from Hidalgo, Brent Kornegay from Orange Grove, Tony Trevino from Uvalde, Mickey Finley from Victoria Memorial and Eddie Baca from Justin’s Northwest High School.
“We are proud of Coach Moses and his efforts, which took the team to the playoffs and won after a 37 year drought,” LISD Athletic Director Melinda Kirst said. “The success of the team will bring a strong group of candidates. We wish Coach Moses and his family good luck in their future endeavors.”
Moses led the Lions to a 7-3 regular season record and earned a post-season playoff berth for the Lions last year after returning to Lockhart from a short stint as head football coach at Nixon-Smiley.
The Lions defeated the Huntsville Hornets 35-28 to win the first bi-district title since 1971 and then fell 24-21 to Beaumont Central in the Area playoff contest with Moses at the helm.
Moses had served as the Lion’s offensive coordinator under Les Goad before leading the Lions as head football coach since July of 2007.
In Beeville, Moses will be leading a team which has made it to the playoffs four out of the last five years. The Trojans went 8-5 last season.