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    Cuero High School assistant football coach Adam Arroyo (left) instructs players during a summer workout last week at Gobbler Stadium.

Home sweet home

Adam Arroyo returns to where it all started

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Nearly an entirely new coaching staff has taken over at Cuero High School. One of those coaches is Cuero’s own Adam Arroyo. Before the Gobblers won the 2018 state title, Arroyo was a key cog during their last championship in 1987 and was also an all-state lineman before making his way to Baylor.

Since graduating from Baylor, Arroyo has spent the last quarter-century-plus in coaching at the high school level, most recently in Yoakum. Now, he’s coming back to where it all started.

After meeting Jack Alvarez, Cuero’s new head football coach and athletic director, Arroyo was excited about his approach to the game and his history in coaching. That combined with the opportunity to coach at home made it a seamless fit.

“I left here in 1988 and have been all over coaching,” Arroyo said. “I wanted my son to graduate where I graduated from. Hopefully, he’ll get his picture on the wall like my two brothers, my uncle and myself, and the experience of being a Gobbler.”

The opportunity to have his son put on the Gobbler green and white and play for the historic school he graduated from simply makes this all the more significant.

“It’s gonna be awesome,” Arroyo said. “That’s what I wanted. I wanted him to be coached under the right guy. Meeting coach Alvarez, I thought, “I like this guy.” I wanted my kid to play for him, and that was a big factor.”

For Arroyo, being a Gobbler still has that same notoriety as when he played.

During his senior season of 1987, Arroyo and his teammates knew each week they were the team to beat.

“My senior year in high school, we were number one in the state all year,” he recalled. “I felt like when we walked into each stadium, they were already beat. They didn’t want to play us.”

He believes it’s still that way today.

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