In a 6-0 unanimous vote, the Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees approved hiring Laredo College head baseball coach Michael Davila to serve as the district’s new athletic director Monday evening.

Davila has served as the head baseball coach at Laredo College since 2015, and prior to that was the head baseball coach and assistant head football coach for Tuloso-Midway High School for 10 years. He is also a graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Davila will fill the vacancy left after the KISD’s previous athletic director and head football coach, Teddy Carrier, who served in the position since 2014 before his resignation in early May following a 4-3 split vote by the school board against renewing his contract.

In an interview conducted Tuesday afternoon, Davila said it was “a blessing and a great opportunity for myself and my family to come back to Kingsville.”

“We’re excited about coming home,” he said. “Not my original home, but coming back to where I lived for 20 years and getting the opportunity to lead the athletic department.”

Davila said he will serve as the KISD’s head baseball coach as well as “for the first couple of years or however long it takes” as its head football coach.

 “We’ll just take it year-by-year on how we’re going to put the coaches in their place and what they’re going to coach and where I’m going to be,” he said.

Davila said he is also looking forward to helping KISD’s athletes prepare for the collegiate level by “building a foundation not only in the classroom, but on the playing field as well to get to that next level.”

“The big thing that I want to express to the people here in Kingsville is that I’m for all athletics,” he said. “Not for just football or baseball. I want to make sure that all programs in our athletic department succeed, and their success is my success.”

Davila said he also wants to work with community stakeholders as he ensures that “the pride of Brahma athletics is spread all around here.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity, and I’m ready to get the Brahmas on the map statewide,” he said.

Also during Monday’s regular meeting, the board approved the hiring of three campus principals for Harvey and Kleberg Elementary Schools as well as Gillett Intermediate School.

Palito Blanco Elementary School principal Gloria Hamill was hired in a 5-0 vote to serve as the Kleberg Elementary School principal beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Board vice-president Brandon Greenwood abstained from the vote.

In a 5-1 split vote, the board voted in favor of hiring Linda Morales as the Gillett Intermediate School principal. Morales is currently employed as an English teacher at West Oso High School in Corpus Christi. Trustee Nicolas Prado voted against the hire.

Also in a 5-1 split vote with Prado voting against, the board approved hiring former Santa Gertrudis School principal John “Mike” Jones as the principal for Harvey Elementary School.

Superintendent Elida Bera recommended Omar De La Rosa for the Memorial Middle School principal position during the meeting, but the motion to hire failed to pass in a 3-3 split vote. Board President Brian Coufal and trustees Prado and Lynn Yaklin voted for the hire, while Greenwood, Board Secretary Corando Garza and trustee Steven Crites were against.

Trustee Cory Garza was not present for Monday’s meeting.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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