Palestine was a recruiter's hotbed last year with running back Adrian Peterson leading the team to a 9-2 record. Following the season, head coach Jeff Harrell moved on to an assistant position at Texarkana Texas High.
Tunstall thus becomes the school's fourth head coach in the six years he has been with the program. He had applied for the head coaching job the last two times the job opened up.
Elsewhere, there was a lot of coming and going in the El Paso area within the coaching fraternity.
El Paso Bowie announced the appointment of Luis Gallardo as the team's new coach. Gallardo is a 1978 graduate of Bowie and a former assistant coach at the school. He last coached with the Bears three years ago as a member of Ed Reveles' staff, where he was defensive coordinator. He spent the previous three years as a teacher at Guillen Middle School. Gallardo replaces Robert Gomez, who left following a 3-7 season and an overall 16-24 mark.
El Paso Socorro is another school welcoming one of its own with the appointment of Ricky Barraza as head coach. Barraza graduated from the school in 1992 and was an assistant at Arlington Seguin High School last year. Before going to Seguin, he was at Socorro for four years, including the last of those as the offensive coordinator. Barraza replaces Glen Myers, who only coached Socorro for one year and compiled a 3-9 mark.
Moving back east, Andy Evans, head coach at Winnie East Chambers High School, has left to take over the top position at Tatum. Evans replaces former Tatum head coach Mike Sorenson just nine days after Sorenson left the position. Evans has been with the East Chambers district since 1991. Since he led the team starting in 1995, East Chambers racked up a 71-29 record with nine consecutive playoff trips. Tatum finished 8-5 last year under Sorenson.
Richland offensive coordinator John Speed was named the new head coach at River Oaks Castleberry.
Meanwhile, those who recently left positions include Lonnie Hise at Wichita Falls City View and Zeke Contreras at Fabens. Hise decided to move into school administration at City View as an assistant principal. He posted a 16-23 record during his four years as head coach.
Contreras is no longer at Fabens after two years. He had a 2-8 record in 2002 and 3-8 last year, with all three wins coming in District 2-4A.