Kovar is new head coach in Normangee

Has been in Rockdale for past six years


John Kovar, who served as offensive coordinator at Rockdale, will also assume the job of athletic director with the Panthers. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan John Kovar, who served as offensive coordinator at Rockdale, will also assume the job of athletic director with the Panthers. Reporter/Cliff Dungan In another Tiger coaching move, John Kovar will become the new athletic director and head football coach at Normangee.

He is the only candidate for the job and should be approved by the Normangee school board when they meet April 2. There were eight final candidates, but Kovar is the only name sent to the board.

“I think we’ve got our guy,” Normangee Superintendent Jerry Burger said. “We had about 20 candidates.”

Kovar, 36, has been the Tigers’ offensive coordinator and an assistant in basketball for the past six years.

“It has been my goal to be an athletic director and football coach for about 10 years now,” Kovar said. “I felt it was a good time for my family and it would be a good school for my kids.

“It will be real hard for me to leave these kids in Rockdale. We really have some great kids in our program and it was extremely difficult for me to tell them on Monday. I have seen these kids in our program grow from junior high kids to young men in the high school.

“I also appreciate the kindness that the community of Rockdale has shown me and my family the past six years.”

“He was very picky about where he wanted to go—he hasn’t been desperate” Miller said. “Normangee is one that he felt like was a good fit for him. It’s time for him to be an athletic director.”

“He’s a great person and will be an asset to any program.”

Miller will be searching for a new offensive coordinator as well as one more coach because of resignations (see below).

The Thorndale native is replacing long-time Panther coach Brian Mullinnix, who stepped down because of medical reasons.

Normangee is in four-team District 12A-Division II, Region III with Bremond, Chilton and Lovelady.

The Panthers were 7-4 last season and were unbeaten in district play.

Under Mullinnix, Normangee is 61-28 in the past eight years.

“The tradition of Normangee athletics definitely had something to do with pursuing the Normangee job,” Kovar said. “They have been really good in several sports over the past few years.”

Before Rockdale, Kovar coached at Huntsville and Lexington. He was the head track coach when Lexington captured state in 2005.

Resignations

Clint Adams has resigned to take a position in Bartlett after just one year at RHS, while girls assistant Karissa Nor te also resigned, which became effective March 15.


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