Francisco Sandoval slated to be Mexia’s next football coach, pending Thursday’s school board vote
By Stephen R. Farris
The Mexia News Sports
The highly-anticipated naming of the new head football coach for the Mexia Blackcats is finally here!
Francisco M. Sandoval, the defensive line coach for the Class 6A Division II Cedar Hill Longhorns, was the finalist out of 84 applicants that applied for the head coaching position at Mexia.
Mexia superintendent, Dr. Lyle DuBus, confirmed with The Mexia News publisher, Harry Darby, Wednesday morning that Sandoval is the lone finalist. Sandoval would be hired pending the board’s approval. The school board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to vote.
Sandoval, a graduate of Farmersville High School – known for their great football tradition – has been the D-Line coach for the Longhorns over the last four seasons, in which the team won the Class 6A Div. II state championship in 2014, finished as a bi-district finalist in 2015 and state quarterfinalist this past football season.
Sandoval has been the head powerlifting coach for the Longhorns since 2013, sending 18 lifters (a school record) to the regional finals in 2015.
He has also been an assistant coach and academic coordinator at Terrell High School, as well as special team’s coordinator and junior varsity head football coach.
Prior to that, he was assistant athletic director and academic coordinator at Community High School, plus the defensive coordinator, strength and conditioning coordinator and head powerlifting coach.
Sandoval received his Bachelor of Arts degree in June of 2009 from Texas A&M University-Commerce and holds an Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from Collin County Community College.
Besides coaching, he also teaches Spanish I at Cedar Hill High School.
Right now, he is eager to get started and hit the ground running.
“I’m excited,” Sandoval said. “And I’m looking forward to the opportunity!”
One of the things that impressed him most about Mexia was that the community and the parents want the kids to succeed and he’s looking forward to being a part of that, not only coaching the kids on the playing field, but stressing academics at the forefront.
“This is not just about athletics,” he explained. “We’ve got to publicize our kids. We’ve got to let the community know our kids are doing great things. We’ve got to attack academics. It’s at the forefront of everything I want to do.
Sandoval has the backing of his current athletic director at Cedar Hill and the coaching staff and stated they, too, were excited about the opportunity for him here in Mexia.
“Dr. DuBus and I are excited about the opportunity to build a program,” said Sandoval. “We want to build our boys up to be the best they can be in every sport, along with our girls. The pride the community has is infectious and I want to be a part of it!”
Pending the outcome of the Thursday vote, Sandoval could be in Mexia before the end of the school year.