When school starts in August, there will be some new faces on the sidelines for Pleasanton Eagle athletics.
Athletic Director Tab Dumont says he’s excited about each of them.
Dumont and Pleasanton ISD have hired seven new coaches during the offseason and plan to hire an eighth before the school year begins. Five are men’s coaches and the other three are women’s coaches.
The new hires vary in grade level, with one, baseball coach Lance Standley, as a varsity head coach, and others as assistants from junior high to high school.
Some familiar faces make up part of the eight new hires, including former Eagle standout Jake Mikaels, who returns home after a stint at Sonora High School 70 miles south of San Angelo. He is one of three former athletes at Pleasanton High School to return home to coach.
Jacob Arevalo, a former quarterback under Dumont and graduate of St. Mary’s University, is one of those three. Jason Mills is the other.
Dumont feels those hires will help further cement the tradition of Pleasanton athletics.
“I’m very excited,” Dumont said. “I think we’ve got some very good experience coming and I think we’ve got some good youth coming. All the coaches have passion and energy. But I think anytime you get that good mix — when you get those good, seasoned coaches, then you get those young guys that are really hungry — I think they can all feed off each other a whole lot.
“I think that speaks volumes. They played for you as kids and now they wanna work for you as adults. That kind of tells you we’re doing something right around here.”
A new face fans can expect to see on Friday nights is defensive coordinator Daniel Sanchez. He comes to Pleasanton from San Antonio Roosevelt.
“He’s got some good experience. We’re looking strong there, too,” Dumont said.
Arguably the biggest hire of the offseason for Pleasanton was Standley, the new Eagle head baseball coach.
Standley comes to Pleasanton from Gregory- Portland with a background of taking programs to new heights. While leading the High Island Cardinals, he took the Class 1A program to a 29-4 record.
“It was important (to hire Standley),” Dumont said. “Like I told everybody, I think we have a good program and I think he’s gonna make it into a great program. … Coach Standley has gone into places that weren’t very good and turned them into something successful very quick. He’s taken over a good program and he’s gonna make it great.”
The Howard Payne University graduate said he never heard a bad thing about Pleasanton and that was the ultimate deciding factor when making his decision.
“His passion for the game and coaching all sports is very evident,” Dumont continued. “His relationship with kids, you can tell it’s great. I think he’s gonna be a good fit. I was looking for a seasoned guy with a lot of head coaching experience and we’re lucky we got him.”
Coaching is in the Dumont blood, though. Both of Tab’s daughters, Kierstyn and Torey, are now in coaching, carrying on a legacy set by his father.
“It’s exciting. They’re both homegrown Pleasanton girls, too,” Dumont said. “It’s exciting because I come from a coaching family. My dad was in school business and coaching for 40 years. I had an older brother and older sister that were coaches, very successful. They have daughters are coaches who are successful. Now, for my two to be in coaching, it’s very exciting, very rewarding. It makes you feel good to know they have the same values you do. You wanna help kids, you wanna make society better.”