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The 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.
Buchanan 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.”