SBASC COMMITTEE: Applicants – This is the real interview

Greyhound logo (90s)The San Benito “Anti-Selection Committee” Committee is a group of citizens formed to hold accountable the actions of San Benito CISD administrators during their search for a new head football coach and athletic director. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re not fans of selection committees doing the job that the aforementioned administrators and elected officials are responsible for… but our little club is okay. Together, we plan to offer commentary on hot button issues currently buzzing during the AD/head football coach search. Expect us to offer our two cents every weekend in the San Benito News.



Michael Rodriguez San Benito High School Class of 1999

Michael Rodriguez
San Benito High School
Class of 1999

No news is good news, right?

Not necessarily, folks. You may have noticed that this weekend’s front page of the San Benito News did not have an update in the search for a new Greyhound head football coach and athletic director. I assure you that this was not by design, and while I realize that today’s Committee entries are specifically about the interview process and the “real questions” that should be asked, I’d like to first address a concern.

As we understand it, one of the 52 applicants still employed at another district was not appreciative of his name being published by the local media. Someone who applied for a very public position, paid for by public monies, who will be in the public eye like he has rarely (or possibly never) experienced, didn’t like his name going… public? I sincerely hope this is not why we’re getting resistance on seeing the list of finalists.

Okay, one of the applicants who the consultants may like for the job has publicity issues, but so do most coaches around here (probably). Big deal.

My concern is that this one person’s will is being accommodated at the expense of the press.


Francisco E. Jimenez San Benito High School Class of 2006

Francisco E. Jimenez
San Benito High School
Class of 2006

I think that my first, and main question I would ask the finalists for the head coaching job would be, “How soon can you help us get Henry and Fernando back on the air during the KSBG football broadcasts?”

Henry and Fernando were (are?) the John Madden and Al Michaels of local sportscasting. I’m not exactly sure of the circumstances surrounding Henry and Fernando’s departure from our television screens, but we need them back for San Benito and America. If any of these applicants can’t come up with a plausible strategy to get San Benito’s favorite sons (besides Freddy Fender and Bobby Morrow) back on the air, then why even apply?

Sure, there are other important questions I would ask like how they plan to recruit and build a solid program with San Benito’s resources, or what it would take to get some of those blinding gold chrome helmets like the ones the Baylor Bears used during this year’s Fiesta Bowl. Did you see those? Daaaaaaamn.

I believe that the future is bright for San Benito. I think it was Harvey Dent who once said that the night is darkest just before the dawn. The writing is on the wall, and it reads, “Once a Greyhound, alawys a Greyhound”…


Rebecca Lynn Martinez San Benito High School Class of 1999

Rebecca Lynn Martinez
San Benito High School
Class of 1999

So I think I’ve got the million dollar question here, but I wasn’t able to come up with this one on my own. And who best to get some insight from then a former San Benito graduate and now current Harlingen coach. I’m not mentioning any names… Tio Gabriel.

Let’s put the political bologna aside and ask the real important questions. If it were a Valley coach, I’d ask, “In all the experience you have attained here in the Valley, how do you plan on competing with the teams up north once San Benito reaches that level in the playoffs.”

It’s well known that the teams up north tend to outmatch us in speed and size. It would be interesting if an applicant could give a solid answer to what he thinks it would take to compete at that level.

I’d then ask, “How long is it going to take to create a winning program here in San Benito, and how long do you plan on staying in the position to do so?”

Because let’s all be honest, we want to win!

It’s obviously not going to happen overnight, but hopefully by the time my son goes through the program.


Hector Avila El Greyhound Mayor In Spanish: Mah-yor

Hector Avila
El Greyhound Mayor
In Spanish: Mah-yor

Well, 52 applicants applied for the AD/head coaching job in San Benito and 26 of the applicants are head coaches and nine had winning records. My top three, of which two easily stand out, are Joe Solis and Monty Stumbaugh, and a distant third choice of Jeffery LeFevre or Jeffery Schaum. Now I’d like to give Joe Solis a lot more credit than he’s received, and to enlighten those who are pro Stumbaugh, here is what you need to consider.

These two, as their record goes, are the best candidates. Stumbaugh is 102-54 with six district titles in 13 years and deep playoff runs; Joe Solis is 135-71-7 with six district titles in a row and several third round playoff appearances in 10 years. Now, something you didn’t know about these coaches is that they have gone head to head four times, and Solis has won all four games with a combined score of 192 to 72. Solis’ 4A Yellowjackets also beat the 5A Harlingen Cardinals on their own turf, and that Harlingen team went three rounds deep in the playoffs.

Numbers don’t lie. As for my question to the candidates: What offensive strategy will you bring to San Benito to make us a powerhouse, and how will you instill much needed discipline and respect?


Andrea Mosqueda San Benito High School Class of 2014

Andrea Mosqueda
San Benito High School
Class of 2014

Here at the SBASCC, we will always ask the hard questions. Now that the finalists for the AD position are being narrowed down, it’s time for us to claim our rightful spot as chief interviewer. Who better to judge character and coaching abilities than the group that was formed to poke fun at the selection process in the first place?

At this point in the process, our job is easy, because there really is only one question to ask: “What would you do for a Klondike bar?”

Now, admittedly, that seems abrasive, compared to other possible questions, including, but not limited to, “What color are your socks?” and “What conditioner do you use?” But the Klondike bar question requires a whole new level of soul-searching and philosophical queries.

Would the finalist kill for a Klondike bar? Would they simply win a spot in the playoffs for the treat? Or would they go as far as to win a district title for the cold, chocolate-y goodness? That, I believe, is the important question, the one we should all be asking. How far do we want our AD to go for a Klondike bar? There has to be an answer.

Then again, maybe I’m just hungry.

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