Alvarado ISD will begin the 2007-08 school year with a new athletic director, but it will be a familiar face for football fans.

Head football coach Jeff Dixon will be replacing Kurt McGrath for Alvarado ISD following this season.

According to a news release, AISD Superintendent Dr. Chester Juroska stated that McGrath has decided to step down to attend more of his child’s school activities. McGrath will remain employed with AISD.

“I thought I had him talked out of his decision,” Juroska said in the release. “But he didn’t veer from his course.”

Dixon will continue to be the head coach for the football team.

“I think he will do better than any other person that has both positions,” Juroska said.

The superintendent added that most teams the Indians play are in the same situation as Alvarado.

“ Most schools in the division do the same thing,” Juroska said.

Since the school board hired Dixon a couple years ago, Juroska said Dixon has done a good job about giving equal treatment to all sports.

“He is great about giving equal treatment to boys and girls sports,” Juroska said. “And spring and fall sports.”

Juroska said Dixon will not do many things different than McGrath.

“We’re going to continue the efforts (McGrath) has made,” Juroska said. “He is going to continue improvement in all sports.”

One of the goals for Dixon will be to strengthen the girls’ sports teams.

“There was a time when Alvarado girls’ athletics were very successful,” Juroska said. “Since we have moved up to 4A, that has not been the case.”

Juroska said if the teams continue what they are doing, they will be moving in the right direction.

Neither McGrath nor Dixon could be contacted for comment by press time.