The Vela Sabercats are in need of a coach, and so far the names applying have not been the big names you’d expect.
After the first and second rounds of interviews the big names that have applied are Tony Villarreal, and from San Antonio, former Madison coach, John Campbell.
Both are looking to rebound after setbacks in their careers.
Other names that have come out are Ernie Alonzo, and Jody Cantu.
Alonzo is the special teams coordinator at Vela, while Cantu is a defensive line coach for the Sabercats.
The last name in the pool to be the next Vela head coach is Jesse Salinas.
Salinas is the OC at Economedes.
While Economedes may run a version of the Slot-T, Salinas is a spread guy, and Vela may not have much of a learning curve with him.
It also helps that he’s the brother of La Feria head coach Oscar Salinas, a board member at Edinburg.
Tony Villarreal may not seem like the best fit, but you can’t count out a winner.
Villarreal has won over a hundred games in his coaching careers, with the right personnel, he could stretch that record at Vela.
The other scenario in Edinburg is a tabling of the position entirely.
The job would stay with the interim coach for the year, and be brought up after the season.
In a twist of irony, the interim coach is Joey Caceres, who has been an assistant in the athletic director’s office.
Caceres is currently overseeing Vela athletics while someone is hired.
However, Caceres was the interim coach when his long-time boss, Robert Vela, passed away while the head coach at Edinburg high.
Caceres is a Wing-T offensive minded coach, and did not throw the ball much when at Edinburg. It will be interesting to see if he will continue the spread that Vela has run to perfection the past few years.
Many wonder if Vela has the personnel to keep running the spread the way they have in the past.
Vela lost their offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach to Weslaco, not to mention Michael Salinas.
We should know more by the end of the week, going into the next board meeting.