After what was arguably the most successful season in program history, Frank Tristan resigned his duties Monday as the head football coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
Tristan has accepted the head coaching position with NCAA Division II Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico. He compiled a 20-12 record over his three years as the head coach of the Lions, which included a pair of eight-win seasons (2015, 17). The Lions defeated a pair of nationally-ranked teams in 2017 and came up just short in their bid to notch the program's first-ever conference title. Tristan also led the Lions to their only two postseason berths — the Victory Bowl in 2015 and 2017.
SAGU finished 8-3 last season and 7-1 in the Central States Football League. Tristan, who first joined the SAGU staff as the defensive coordinator in 2012, said the decision to leave "has been a very difficult process because of how much we love SAGU and the football family at SAGU."
SAGU Athletic Director Jesse Godding stated “Coach Tristan has advanced SAGU football both on and off the field in his three years as head coach. Obviously, he has coached teams that demonstrated tremendous success on the field, but I hold in greater esteem the impact Coach Tristan has made in the lives of players, coaches, and parents. His consistency of character and ability to represent the distinctive of SAGU throughout his life will be difficult to replace moving forward.”
Godding added the SAGU community is "saddened" to see Tristan leave the program but is "excited about the opportunity presented to him and what he will be able to accomplish in that position.”
For Tristan, he said some of his most memorable moments with the Lions came off of the gridiron.
“The moments praying with players and watching them mature into young men is what sticks out the most,” he said. “Watching the maturation of these guys on and off the field has definitely been the most memorable.”
Tristan added, “I will definitely miss the players. These guys are truly like family to me and when you love people like we do; it always hurts to leave.”
Before departing for Silver City, Tristan added that he hopes to establish the same culture at Western New Mexico that has developed in Waxahachie.
“The Lord has opened the doors and is really giving us a fresh passion and vision for WNMU,” Tristan stated. “I really believe that we can establish a similar community at WNMU. I am excited to watch a new group of young men mature into men of character, equipped to be good dads, husbands, and community leaders.”