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Buchanan stepping aside as head football coach

July 31, 2014 by Phil Major

Tim BuchananThe much-heralded era of Tim Buchanan as Aledo High School football coach is apparently over.

Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty announced Thursday afternoon that Buchanan’s request that he be made full-time athletic director and relinquish his football coaching duties has been granted – effective immediately.

Defensive coordinator Steve Wood has been named the interim head football coach. The district will post the position for a permanent replacement after the 2014 football season.

Steve WoodBuchanan has coached the Bearcats since 1993, winning state championships in 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. This year’s Bearcats earned preseason favorite status as the top team in the new Class 5A.

They are set to begin summer workouts Monday, Aug. 11 and open the season Aug. 29, inaugurating the new stadium at Baylor University in Waco against Cedar Park.

Coach Buchanan said he’s been thinking about this over the last year since football season ended.

“The job is getting so big that it is getting more and more difficult to be football coach and athletic director,” he said.

“It’s hard to do a great job at both jobs in a district like Aledo. AD is a full-time job and football is a full-time job. No programs have suffered because I’ve been AD and football coach, but it is getting harder to do both. With the team we have coming back this year it’s good time to do this.

“I’ve always made tough decisions that were good for Aledo ISD and good for my family, and this is no different. This just didn’t happen overnight. This is something I have discussed with Coach Wood, my wife and Coach (Robbie) Jones (offensive coordinator).

“Coach Wood will make a great head football coach.”

Sports Calendar

Monday, March 30

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, 7:00 pm., Rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday.
    *District Games

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

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