Lubbock Coronado has its new head coach, and he's a familiar name

Courtesy of Andrew Roy

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Lubbock Coronado defensive coordinator Andrew Roy was promoted to Mustangs head coach, Lubbock ISD announced on Thursday.

Roy replaces DJ Mann, who resigned after three seasons leading his alma mater.

A native of Abilene and graduate of Abilene High, Roy started out his coaching career as an assistant coach at Snyder where he worked under current Sanger head coach Chad Rogers and remained for 10 seasons under four separate head coaches (Rogers, Aubrey Sims, James Polk and Cory Mandrell). He spent four seasons at Snyder as the Tigers defensive coordinator.

“I worked for four great guys in Snyder as a young coach and got to really learn a lot from them on how to be a good coach and be an advocate for kids,” Roy said.

After leaving Snyder, Roy went to San Antonio where he served as the defensive coordinator at Highlands High under now Kyle Lehman head coach Chris Castillo.

Roy returned to West Texas in early 2021 when Mann was hired as Coronado’s head coach to become the Mustangs defensive coordinator. He was named interim head coach upon Mann’s resignation in December.

“When I got the news that I was the guy, I couldn’t believe it," he said. "I’ve been at this for a while and I’ve been close a few times and not getting those jobs was obviously disappointing, but things worked out. Lubbock Coronado is the perfect job for me and my family.

“Coach [Mike] Meeks is the best athletic director in the state. He does things the right way. I’ve worked with him and my principal very closely over the past two months while I was the interim and they have really prepped me for this opportunity. I am ready to get to the offseason and get going. It’s never easy when you are in a transition; the kids and coaches all are a little apprehensive on what’s next. But the kids never once gave less than 100 percent, so we are in a good spot to keep the momentum going."

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