Hardwick’s recommendation was for the board to agree to place Lockhart’s head football coach, Troy Moses, at the helm of the Trojans’ athletic department.
“Principal Joe Reyes, myself and three community members came up with what we felt we needed in our new AD,” Hardwick said.
The three community members involved in formulating and reviewing the 27-30 applicants included Jean Ann Beasley, Louie Alaniz and Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Jefferson. They assisted in narrowing the list to six finalists for the position.
The six under final scrutiny were Clint Finley from Victoria Memorial, Eddie Baca from Northwest High School in Justin, Tony Trevino from Uvalde, Jorge Pena, a former head coach at Hidalgo, and Brent Kornegay from Orange Grove, along with Moses.
The list of qualities and characteristics of the new AD was to include several ideals that not everyone could possibly possess.
“Coach Moses hit on all of them though,” Hardwick said after the board agreed unanimously to offer the position to Moses.
Some of those qualities and characteristics included: integrity, sensitivity and caring, interest in community and parental involvement, enthusiasm and can be a motivator of young people, problem solving, know and understand the importance of academics, a successful tenure as a head football coach, have a college sports background and acknowledge and believe that all sports must be emphasized and respected, not just football.
Moses has South Texas ties with family in and around the area. His father, Tommy Moses, is the principal at Orange Grove and his wife also has family in the area.
Lockhart has been his home for the past three years and Moses led the Lions to the area round of the football playoffs last season.
“He’s dedicated to a very similar offense to that which the Trojans have used these past five years,” said Hardwick. Thus hopefully, that will make the transition as easy as possible for the returning Beeville players.
Moses was a star athlete at Texas A&I at Kingsville, a pole vaulter in track and as a football player for the Javelinas.
The coach leaves the Lions in good shape. The junior varsity and freshman teams of last year lost just two games between them and the varsity Lions lost only three times a year ago.
An in-depth interview will be available on the new Trojan athletic director once Moses and his family arrive in Beeville.