New Copperas Cove coach

Jack Alvarez, the athletic director for the Ennis Independent School District, is the new athletic director and head football coach at Copperas Cove High School,

COPPERAS COVE — Jack Alvarez, the athletic director for the Ennis Independent School District near Dallas, is the new athletic director and head football coach at Copperas Cove High School.

The coach was hired by the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees at a special meeting Friday afternoon.

The board hired Alvarez, following last month’s retirement of long-time athletic director and head football coach Jack Welch.

Alvarez, who led Ennis High school to a 5A Division II State Championship following an undefeated district title in 2014, replaces Welch as athletic director and head football coach following the acceptance of his retirement by Copperas Cove ISD in April.

As a head coach, Alvarez holds an overall record of 151-66 in 18 season with three state championship appearances.

In 2012, he led the Lions to the 4A Division II bi-district finalist and their first playoff appearance in five years with back-to-back undefeated district championship titles.

Alvarez has a record of turning around programs. Starting his career at Kirbyville in 2000, he turned around the program with a two year winning drought and led them to nine consecutive play-off runs including three quarter final appearances and two 2A Division I state finals after undefeated district runs.

Alvarez was part of the 1998 team at West Sabine High School in Pineland, Texas that clinched their first playoff berth for the Tigers in 12 years.

While at Henderson State University in Arkansas, he received his bachelor of science in education with a minor in social sciences.