Bishop hires new football coach

Louie Rodriguez on the field at Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada. The coach will lead the Bishop Badgers next season. (courtesy photo)

While careful to keep their distance from each other, the Bishop Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees convened for a regular meeting Monday evening where they unanimously approved hiring Louie Rodriguez as their new head football coach and offensive coordinator for the 2020-21 school year.

In addition, Rodriguez will also serve as a physical education teacher at Luehrs Junior High School, a position the board had approved opening earlier during Monday's meeting.

Rodriguez recently served as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. During his time with the school, the football program won four state championships and two national titles.

"He's an awesome candidate with great credentials," Athletic Director George Luna said. "(Bishop) Gorman is known throughout the nation for their football program. They are always ranked in the top 10 in the nation."

Luna said he had asked Rodriguez why he had chosen to apply to Bishop CISD.

"He said he was tired of living in big cities and wanted to go back to a small town," Luna said. "And he wanted to be closer to his family. His parents live in Houston and he has roots in Kingsville."

As the new football head coach, Rodriguez takes over the position that was previously held by Joe Rios, who parted ways with Bishop CISD last month.

Rios, who served as the head coach since 2015, had a record of 22-30 while at the helm of the program with one playoff appearance.

The Badgers had only one win last season, and have only made the playoffs once in the last 14 seasons.

Monday's school board meeting was the BCISD's first since the spread of the novel coronavirus forced school districts across the state to shutter in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued executive orders, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, that included avoiding social gatherings of 10 or more people and keeping at least six feet between individuals.

For Monday's meeting, the Bishop CISD school board convened in the high school's library and kept their distance from one another by sitting at separate tables spread throughout the room.

One school board member, Yolanda Cruz, was unable to attend in person because of illness and was instead present via a Facetime call during the meeting.

Gutierrez said she had spoken with an attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards about Cruz participating in the meeting through a video call and was told it would be okay since the board would have a quorum physically present.

"Given the pandemic that we're in, (the state is) waiving some technicalities," she said. "I posted the agenda Friday, and she (Cruz) woke up sick today. So I called TASB and (the attorney) said yes, she could participate via Facetime as long as the minutes reflect that."

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