Eric Villaseñor Appointed as New EPISD Athletic Director

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The Eagle Pass Independent School District (EPISD) has announced a major development with the appointment of Eric Villaseñor as the new Athletic Director. This decision was made during a Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, and signals the beginning of a new chapter for the district’s sports programs.

Decision-Making Process

The EPISD Board of Directors met to discuss and finalize the appointment of the new Athletic Director. After a detailed executive session, the board reconvened in an open session to approve the hiring of Eric Villaseñor. The board’s unanimous decision marks a significant step forward for the district as it prepares for the transition.

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Edward Graf’s Legacy

Edward Graf, the outgoing Athletic Director, has dedicated over four decades to education and has served EPISD for 21 years. Under Graf’s leadership, the district’s sports programs have flourished. His tenure saw notable successes across various sports, including football, track, baseball, tennis, cross-country, and golf. Graf’s influence has left a lasting impact on Eagle Pass Athletics, putting the district on the sports map.

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Transition and Leadership

Superintendent Samuel Mijares emphasized that the hiring of Eric Villaseñor will initiate a transition period. Villaseñor, who has been part of EPISD since 2006, brings extensive experience to his new role. In 2013, he was appointed head football coach at CC Winn High School after serving as the offensive coordinator for seven years. Villaseñor’s deep understanding of the district’s sports culture and his proven track record make him well-suited for this leadership role.

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Vision for the Future

Eric Villaseñor will oversee all athletic programs within the district. His vision includes continuing the tradition of excellence established by his predecessor while introducing innovative strategies to further enhance the district’s sports achievements. Villaseñor’s commitment to student-athletes and his dedication to fostering a competitive and respected athletics program are expected to drive continued success.

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Community and Board Support

The appointment of Eric Villaseñor has garnered strong support from both the community and the EPISD Board of Directors. His deep roots in the district and his demonstrated leadership skills make him an ideal choice to lead EPISD’s athletic programs into the future. The board’s decision reflects a commitment to maintaining the high standards of excellence that have been a hallmark of Eagle Pass Athletics.

Villaseñor is no stranger to the leadership role, starting out with the Eagle Pass Eagles as the standout Quarterback, eventually moving into the leadership role as the CC Winn Mavericks Head Football Coach and the transition begins with Villaseñor moving up to Athletic Director. As one former High School teammate stated, “The appointment of Coach Villaseñor is significant as the Villaseñor family is know as Eagle Pass Football Royalty.

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Eric Villaseñor pictured with his father, High School Football Legend Coach Oki Villaseñor former Eagle Pass Eagles Head Football Coach

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