Fort Bend Dulles defensive coordinator Charles Burton, a former Syracuse linebacker who also played in NFL Europe, has been hired as the new head football coach at Del Valle.
Burton’s hiring was approved by the Del Valle school board on Tuesday night. During the same board meeting, Steven Alves was promoted to be the high school’s new head girls basketball coach. Burton and Alves replace Courtney Wash and Tawni Angel, who recented moved into administrative positions with the school district.
“It’s very exciting,” sad Wash, who will share athletic director duties with Angel. “Change for everyone can be a little uncomfortable, but everyone is excited and looking to a new future.”
Burton, 33, had been Dulles’ defensive coordinator since 2008. He was chosen out a field of 36 applicants that was winnowed to three finalists.
This will be the first head coaching job for Burton. He will inherit a Class 5A program that was 17-26 with three playoff appearances during Wash’s four seasons.
“He has a good background,” Wash said. “He’s played at a pretty high level so he has a good idea of what it takes to get to the next level. He’s experienced some things that I think that our kids will look at and aspire to emulate.”
Alves was Angel’s assistant coach for the past seven seasons. Del Valle missed the Class 5A girls basketball playoffs in each of the past two seasons, but Alves was on the coaching staff when the Cardinals reached the Class 4A state tournament in 2010.