Two former college coaches will lead the football and baseball teams at Central Catholic, which hired a public-school coach and administrator to lead its private-school athletic program.
Central Catholic introduced Hector Rodriguez, a former Holmes football coach who since 2012 has been the assistant athletic director for Northside ISD, as its new athletic director at a Tuesday news conference. Also introduced were football coach Mike Santiago and baseball coach Dan Heep, who both have spent their entire coaching careers at the college level.
Rodriguez, 60, is replacing Carlos Enrico, who is retiring after 40 years as the Buttons’ athletic director. Enrico will remain on campus as athletic director emeritus.
“A lot of things in UIL are similar to TAPPS,” said Rodriguez, an Edison graduate whose coaching stops also included Churchill, Marshall and Southside. “There’s not really much difference.”
Santiago, 61, had a 48-45 record in nine combined seasons as head coach at Stephen F. Austin and Incarnate Word. He started the program at UIW and resigned in 2011, having since worked at a company that provides sideline headsets to coaches.
Central Catholic fired former football coach L.D. Green, who went 19-14 in three seasons, and reached out to Santiago, who said he had wanted to get back into coaching.
“I wasn’t relevant anymore,” Santiago said. “I was making a lot of money, but I wasn’t relevant.”
Heep, a Lee and St. Mary’s University product who won World Series titles with the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 13-year career as a major league outfielder, was UIW’s head coach for the last 20 seasons. He guided the Cardinals to an overall record of…