by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Burbank High School has selected a new head coach.
Coach Mark Perez has been named the new Head Coach of Burbank High School replacing Coach Joe Castillo who has taken a position at North Garland High School.
Perez served as defensive line coach at Brackenridge High School during the 2011-2012 season ending a seven year stint at that school. He had spent one year at Burbank before his move to Brackenridge High.
Coach Perez stated that he was well aware of Burbank's 9-32 ranking and aside of making coaching assignments for the coming season, he feels strongly that they need to change the team's mindset and make them understand that they can succeed.
As to his coaching team, Perez indicated that he has an idea of what he wants to do adding that he will bring Coach James McCall from Brackenridge with him as his defensive coordinator.
The new head coach has been having meetings with his coaching staff explaining his background and his expectations for the program.
"I am going to meet with them individually and find out their goals and expectations," he added. " I have strong ties to Burbank and I feel like I've come home. Even though I have been an Owl and then an Eagle...this is the place where I got my start...and I would love to see it succeed."
Perez was born in San Antonio and graduated from Highlands High School where he played football under Coach Ken Grey. Following his high school graduation he attended Southwest Texas State University where he earned an athletic scholarship under Coach Bob Debesse and Coach David Bailif who is now the head coach of Rice University.
Perez earned his Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Sports Science and minor in Health Education. He currently holds a Master's Degree in Sports Administration.
He is married to Jennifer Perez, who works in Nursing and has two children ; Jaden age 6 and daughter Maddison age 10.