Aledo ISD Athletic Director Tim Buchanan has announced his retirement after 35 years as a coach, teacher and athletic director.
Buchanan spent the past 25 years at Aledo, where he built the Bearcat football program into a perennial state powerhouse. He won five state championships before becoming the district’s full-time athletic director in 2014. Buchanan is regarded as one of the state’s legendary coaches and held a career record of 227-53-3.
“Coach Buc” took his first head coaching job in 1993 and turned Aledo from a struggling program to a state championship contender. Aledo won its first title in 1998 and followed in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Buchanan’s legacy includes building a successful athletic program at Aledo, which is well-regarded across the state. During his tenure, Aledo has won three state titles in softball and one in baseball and golf.
Aledo currently leads the University Interscholastic League Class 5A Lone Star Cup standings, which recognizes the most successful schools in UIL competitions. Last year, the Bearcats finished fourth overall. Aledo has also maintained success while moving up in classifications.
Buchanan started his career at Florence High School in 1984 and future stops included Bastrop, The Colony, Killeen Ellison and A&M Consolidated.
He was named the Texas Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in 2013 and was the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Coach of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2002. In 2016, he earned the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award.
Buchanan will remain at Aledo through the end of the school year.