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Sine to Sonora

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

Photo by Judi Chessir
Head Football Coach and Athletic Director David T. Sine, shown here working on some plays with Bulldog QB Joe Rodriguez in October, has turned in his Bulldog Nation passport to return to Sonora.

After turning the Bulldog football program around and missing out on the playoffs by just one game this past season, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director David T. Sine will be trading in the blue and white of Bandera for the red and black of Sonora.
Sine accepted the same position in Sonora after leading the Bulldogs to a 7-12 record over the past two seasons. The Bulldogs had won just three games total in the three seasons prior to Sine's arrival.
"The Sine family would like to thank the Bandera ISD administration and school board for the opportunity to lead Bulldog Nation the last two years," Sine said.
He previously served as head coach and athletic director in Sonora from 2009-2012. After taking over a Bronco team that was 2-8 in 2008, he guided Sonora to a 28-7 record and three straight post-season appearances.
Now Sine will return to Sonora in an attempt to carry on the recent success that the Broncos have had on the gridiron. After starting last season slowly, the Broncos went on to win nine straight games, including a thrilling upset over number one ranked Cisco in the state playoffs. Sonora finished 11-4 last season.
"We are returning to Sonora in hopes of adding a sixth state championship to Bronco Nation and to lead the entire district to a Lone Star Cup Championship," Sine said. "Friday night lights in West Texas are truly amazing."
The Bulldogs will now search for their third head coach in four seasons, with a team that will have an entirely new look in the fall. After losing 20 starters on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs return only upcoming seniors Calvin Starnes and John Milner from last year's starting lineup.
"At this point, we may not know who our coach is for next season, but we can guarantee that they'll come to find a strong work ethic from our team," Milner said. "We've been working hard all off-season, and we're excited for the fall."
The search for Sine's replacement in Bandera is hoped to be completed in a timely manner, and will be led by current principal and soon-to-be Director of Curriculum and Employment Services Gary Bitzkie. The job opening was posted on the school district website on Monday morning.
"We want to move as fast as possible to get the right person," Bitzkie said. "We are looking for many qualities in a candidate, but the most important one is someone who will be an all-around athletic director that takes care of both boys and girls programs and continues the success that we are having."