NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches head football coach Scott Ford has accepted a position at Hidalgo High School in south Texas. After a special board meeting Monday night Ford was approved for a three-year contract as head football coach and athletic director for the Hidalgo Pirates, leaving Nacogdoches with one year remaining on his contract.
"Obviously we would like to have had him back one more year to finish his contract," said athletic director Farshid Niroumand. "But he will be successful wherever he goes and he has a good history in the south."
Ford will leave Nacogdoches after two seasons and just a 4-16 record. Before coming to East Texas Ford had a record of 65-19 at Los Fresnos High School also in South Texas.
Niroumand emphasized that Nacogdoches ISD was a bit surprised by the news late Monday night, and that they would take their time in making a decision for a replacement.
"Coach Ford informed me Monday night that he had been approved by the board at Hidalgo and it was a shock that he was leaving," said Niroumand. "We have no list of candidates to replace him just yet, and I will wait to meet with Superintendent Hayes, as well as other officials, on this matter after Christmas break."
Ford did not specify any reasons for leaving, just noting he needed to move on.
"That's the coaching game, you have to fit where you are at and I just never felt comfortable in Nacogdoches," said Ford. "I love the kids and I wish them the best, but I think in the best interest of both parties its time for us to get a fresh start and for everybody to just move forward."
Niroumand had his own opinion on why Ford left.
"Sometimes you get in a situation where things are not going exactly the way you want and you have to make changes," said Niroumand. "I believe he finally got to that point here."
Niroumand stressed that winning is not the only factor involved in finding Nacogdoches' new football coach.
"Personally I want to find someone with a good proven record on the field," said Niroumand. "But we want a winner not just on the field but off the field too. We are responsible ethically and morally to make these kids successful human beings in their future"
Coach Ford was unavailable for immediate comment, but did offer to give quotes at a later time in the day.