It’s not practical to think in hypotheticals, but it is fun.
Let’s take a look at what would happen if Edinburg Vela’s head coach Michael Salinas gets the head coaching job at Weslaco.
Everyone and their mother will be applying for the Vela position to include current head coaches.
What would this mean to Vela, and which positions would open up?
If Michael Salinas did get the job in Weslaco would that mean that Edinburg’s juggernaut program is not the enviable spot everyone thinks it is, or does the lack of salary in Edinburg CISD play into the equation?
When Joaquin Escobar took the position at Edinburg high he was paid $70,000, which in some districts is defensive coordinator money.
In fact, in one neighboring district, girls coordinators make $92,000.
Salinas did not have many years as a high school coach and his salary was based on his years in education. So his salary was not as high as his counterparts in the district.
Weslaco has superior facilities than Edinburg.
Edinburg’s football field has a huge screen, and great sound system, but you can’t compare Richard R Flores stadium, to Weslaco’s Bobby Lackey Field.
Bobby Lackey is the most attractive stadium in the Rio Grande Valley, and their tv department KWES outshines most of the valley. The production value they put out rivals many small colleges.
So will Vela entice may coaches to come out of retirement, leave college, or make them leave their current position?
I would think so.
Forgetting this year’s mishaps in athletics, and the academic issues the previous year, Vela is a place where you can win, year one.
There’s no need to build, just maintain and improve.
A coach can come into Vela and take what Salinas’ created and win in a top heavy district.
The question is, how long will the next coach stay?
There are two ways of thinking when it comes to this.
If you stay at Vela for the long haul, you’re guaranteed players, district championships, and 100 wins before your twelfth year (mas o menos).
However, you could use the position to elevate your marketability, and your income at your next coaching gig.
The skies the limit at Vela, but it depends what you want your sky to look like.
Now this is all theory, because if Weslaco goes another direction, Salinas still wins 9 games next season and makes the playoffs and Vela continues to roll through district.