Coaching changes at SHS announced

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Ben McGehee, Sweetwater ISD athletic director, has recently added three new coaches to his staff.
Mario Heredia, previously the middle school coordinator, has been hired as the football defensive coordinator. Heredia replaces Dexter Knox, who will be the defensive coordinator at Temple High School.
Kevin Wright is the new boys basketball coach at Sweetwater High School following the resignation of Bryan Loera, who will become middle school coordinator at Lubbock Cooper.
McGehee also announced a second hire to the football staff in Craig Jackson, who will coach the offensive line.
Heredia, a Sweetwater native and brother of longtime coach Tony Heredia, is a 1988 SHS graduate who earned his college degree at Angelo State University.
“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s always a dream to coach in your home town.”
Heredia’s other coaching stops have been at Rotan, Kermit, San Angelo Lake View, Houston Cypress Falls, Abilene High, San Antonio Southwest, Poteet and San Antonio Brandeis. In addition to his football coaching duties here, he will assist the powerlifting program at SHS. Heredia said he plans to base out of a 4-3 defense that will emphasize stopping the run.
Wright was the head boys basketball coach at Quanah High School this year. A Colorado City native, he led Quanah to its first boys playoff appearance in 10 years this season. Wright got his college degree at Texas Tech University.
“I am super excited to be back in my neck of the woods and get the opportunity to coach kids here in Sweetwater,” he said.