New Sweetwater ISD football coaches

Three months into his tenure as Sweetwater High School’s new head football coach and athletic director, the hiring of Shane Mobley’s coaching staff is complete.In addition to Mobley, there will be six new faces on the sidelines this fall.Also, three new coaches have been hired at Sweetwater Middle School.Zach Harrell and John Ward came on board as the new offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, not long after Mobley was named to replace Craig Slaughter in mid-April.The most recent hire is the most familiar to longtime Mustang fans. Giles Montgomery, a star lineman at Sweetwater a decade ago who also played collegiately at Texas Christian University, is returning to his high school as offensive line coach.Chris Carruthers will be the new special teams coordinator and also work with quarterbacks. Another former Sweetwater High School athlete, Skylar Houston, has been moved up from the middle school to coach defensive backs and also work with the junior varsity team. Finally, Jana Meeks will serve as the new head ath-letic trainer.Heading the middle school football staff is Tony Cortez, who will be junior high coordinator. The other new football coaches are Chad Copeland and Tony Heredia — the latter an ex-longtime Sweet-water coach and administrator who’s returning after a two-year absence.Heredia, like Montgomery and Houston a Sweetwater High School graduate and who previously coached here from 1994-2004, is also the new head softball coach at SHS. Al Miller — who has served in many capacities here for the past 16 years — replaces Candice Wyatt as new varsity girls basketball coach and Christi Adams and Chris Terry have been named as the new head coaches in cross country and tennis, respectively (see full list of changes at right).Meeks is replacing Rick Davis, who’d been head athletic trainer in Sweetwater for the past 30 years. Harrell will also be head boys track coach and Ward will also serve as the head boys powerlifting coach.Mobley has known and previously worked with all of the new members of his varsity staff and called it a “blessing” to have them. “I want coaches who will be teachers first, and who will prepare the kids to succeed academically first,” he said. “Once (the athletes) realize they can study and succeed, it prepares them for the next level of sports.”