Blake Rosson retired from coaching and Aledo replaced the assistant football spot with Rocky Jones, another making a return trek to Aledo after a stint earlier in his coaching career. Rocky previously coached the Bearcats for two years (1999-2001) and is the older brother of Robby Jones, Aledo’s co-offensive coordinator.
Jerrod Crawford, another headed to the private sector to make a living, is the other football assistant position Aledo had to replace.
“We replaced Jerrod with Brad McCone,” Buchanan said, “who comes to Aledo after a couple of years at Everman. Brad was a long-time head coach at Crowley before that.”
The perpetual high level of Aledo’s football program demands the requisite of solid coaching to impart the skills and discipline that keeps the Bearcats collecting district championships, and playing into November-December postseason brackets.
Holding that high standard of instruction is paramount in Buchanan’s approach to restaffing and he feels like the new hires meet the criteria.
“We lost some good coaches and good people, in every respect,” he said. “But with the people we were able to bring in, I really feel like we improved our coaching staff, in part because this is where they want to be.
“All of our new hires, especially the football assistants, are very excited about being here, and coaching football here. Coach Wood is really excited too, because two of the assistants coming in are defensive coaches.”
Buchanan had some other areas to address in the assistant ranks, but was able to fill the vacancy with an existing AISD teacher-coach.
“Barbara Russell, who has been coaching varsity tennis for us, has decided to get out of coaching, but will stay on at Aledo as a teacher,” he said. “Sally Joslin will be coming up from McCall Elementary to assist Karl Richter with tennis.