Shortly after announcing the vacancy in Alvarado High School coaching staff, AISD’s newly promoted athletic director has found the right person for the job.

Athletic director Jeff Dixon has hired Luis Gomez to become the varsity soccer coach and fill the void left by the resignation of former coach Scott Gutowski, who left the district to teach in Arlington.

The varsity soccer coach at Bay City, Texas last year, Gomez led his team to an 11-3-3 record and the first-ever playoff berth for the BlackCats.

Dixon says he likes what Gomez brings to the table as head coach, explaining that Gomez “has great energy and a vision we are looking for.”

Gomez’s work as a student teacher led to him be “highly recommended,” Dixon said, adding that the new coach formerly filled a foreign-language teaching position at Bay City High School, a position he is likely to serve in at Alvarado High School as well.

Now that the varsity soccer coach position is filled, Dixon can turn his attention towards filling three other coaching vacancies.

The athletic director is currently looking for a secondary coach for the football team,an assistant basketball coach, and someone to work as both the assistant athletic director and as head volleyball coach.

This last position will be especially helpful to him during the fall when his duties as head football coach will require a great deal of time, Dixon said.

“I need a person that can help me out in the fall when a lot of my attention and focus will be on the Friday night lights,” Dixon said.

Since the volleyball and football seasons are both scheduled for the fall, “it would be nice to have an administrator to help with the volleyball side of things,” Dixon said.