Aledo ISD announced on Wednesday that athletic director Tim Buchanan will stay with the district through January 2019.
Buchanan announced his retirement in February, which would've taken him to the end of the 2017-18 school year.
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“I am incredibly grateful that coach Buchanan has agreed to my request that he delay his retirement and continue to serve our children, staff, and community through the fall,” Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan K. Bohn said in a press release. “Under his guidance, our student-athletes, coaches, and programs have performed at remarkable levels. It is a gift that we will have his assistance as we plan together for the transition to new leadership and continue our great Bearcat athletic tradition.”
Buchanan led the Bearcats to five football state titles as head coach and has served in Aledo ISD for 25 years. He became the district's athletic director in 2014.
The district is expected to post the athletic department leadership position late in the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
“This is a great opportunity to continue to work with the program through the fall semester,” Buchanan said in the release. “I want to help Dr. Bohn make this a great transition and help Aledo find an excellent new leader for our athletes and coaches.”
Buchanan, who arrived in 1993, built Aledo football into a dynasty.
He won five UIL state titles, appeared in the state semifinals four other times and won 227 games. Aledo also won football state titles in 2014 and 2016 while Buchanan was athletic director.
The Bearcats haven’t missed a postseason since 1996.
Buchanan, who's a native of Killeen, took Aledo to the state semifinals in 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2007, and won a title in 1998.
Aledo went on to win state titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. The Bearcats finished 16-0 in 2013 and set a national single-season record for points scored with 1,023.
Buchanan, who started his career at Florence High School in 1984 with subsequent stops in Bastrop, The Colony, Killeen Ellison and A&M Consolidated finished with a 227-53-3 record in 21 seasons at Aledo.
The Bearcats currently own the state's longest district winning streak at 75 games.