By Jen Kastner
ANDREWS- The head football coach and athletic director of Andrews Independent School District will stay employed by the district, even though he was recently arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated. The district is re-assigning him to another position.
The Mustangs will be led by a new face this coming fall. Whose? We don't yet know. This all comes after Jeff Cordell was stripped of his title as head football coach and athletic director at Andrews ISD.
Cordell was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated just after midnight on June 9th. He's been on paid administrative leave ever since. On Monday, the district confirmed with NewsWest 9 that in accordance with state laws and Andrews ISD policy, Cordell will remain employed with the district but re-assigned a new position within the system.
Cordell would have been going into his fifth year of coaching the Mustangs. In his four years as head coach, he had a record of 20-23.
Some Andrews residents tell NewsWest 9, they agree with the district's decision to keep Cordell, but others call this action a mere slap on the wrist.
Resident Criselda Hernandez says, "I think he needs to be let go. It should be more of a punishment for a coach because he represents a school and [people] in the town of Andrews."
"He's supposed to be a role model to the kids and drinking and driving isn't being a role model," resident, William Fowler, said.
Resident, Anna Marie Hernandez, says, "To me, it's not right, especially in a small American town that's a dry community and [him] coming from another county intoxicated. He is a role model for the kids. It's just not right."
In part of a statement to NewsWest 9, Superintendent Dr. Bobby Azam writes, "There are numerous details to be finalized in fulfilling the current athletic director/head football coaching responsibilities. Once finalized, we will first inform our parents and student athletes, outlining the immediate future of AISD athletics."
The district claims their student athletes are still in great hands and all the programs are in place to help them be successful.