The Anna coaching staff is continuing to see changes with two more coaches announcing their resignation this week. Girls assistant coach Jim Burton (volleyball, basketball and softball) announced his resignation as did boys soccer coach Manual Avila.
Avila was also an assistant coach in other sports but his primary responsibility was the head boys varsity and junior varsity coach as well as the assistant girls coach. Avila was instrumental in bringing soccer to Anna, coaching the sport as a club team in its first year as a program before becoming an official UIL-sanctioned team that would later play in a Class 4A district.
A favorite among players, Avila was active for four years as a coach and is leaving to take a position at Melissa High School — he is the second boys coach to leave for Melissa this year.
Athletic Director Jason Heath said this week that he is close to finalizing contracts on coaches to fill positions for girls basketball, softball and boys soccer but the details of those hires will not be official until the next AISD Board of Trustees meeting.