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District hires athletic coordinators for Hays, Lehman High

In one fell swoop Monday, Hays CISD leaders filled the athletic coordinator vacancies at Hays and Lehman High.

By a unanimous 7-0 vote, Hays CISD’s board of trustees approved the hire of Les Goad as the fourth head football coach and athletic coordinator to lead Hays High. Trustees also green-lit the hire of Bruce Salmon as the fourth head football coach and athletic coordinator in Lehman High history.

Photo of Les Goad courtesy of Hays CISD.

Goad, who currently serves as the head football coach and athletic coordinator at Geronimo Navarro ISD, led Navarro High’s football program to a 108-27 record and five district championships. Goad helped lead the Panther football program to the postseason in ten of his 11 seasons, which included a trip to the Class 4A state semifinal in 2016.

Goad has coached for 33 years, with 22 of those as a head football coach. Prior to Navarro, Goad coached at Lockhart, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Liberty Hill, San Marcos and Corpus Christi, according to a Hays CISD press release.

In his cover letter to the district, Goad said he is a “goal oriented coach” with experience, professionalism and work habits to build “a championship program” at Hays High.

Tradition rich programs are built by the work habits of people who place priority on preparation, fundamentals, discipline, and pride,” Goad said in a statement. “I run a character-based program in which young people benefit through and emphasis on effort, enthusiasm, and discipline.”

Salmon, who currently is the head football coach and athletic director at Marion High, has 23 years of football coaching experience. Prior to Marion, Salmon coached at high schools in Scherzo, Gonzales, San Antonio, Comal and Pflugerville. 

Photo by Bruce Salmon courtesy of Marion ISD.

Salmon led Marion’s football program to a 31-25 record in five seasons. Marion reached the postseason in four of Salmon’s five years, including one district title won in 2017.

In his cover letter to the district, Salmon attributed success at Marion to the program’s focus as a team, achievement and coordinator of resources to develop a “winning atmosphere.”

“This change in attitude has become a foundation of pride for our kids, school, and community, and established a positive environment in which the kids learn and practice discipline and mental toughness, while building a strong work ethic,” Salmon said.

According to the release, Salmon said his plan for building the Lobo football program is “simple, fun an proven successful.”

“Develop the players and coaches, etablish school pride and reached the qualities necessary to be successful on and off the field,” Salmon said in a statement.

An official start date has not been determined for Goad and Salmon at this time.

A full story on the hires of Goad and Salmon can be found in this week’s edition of the Hays Free Press.

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