With former assistant and first-year head coach Katherine Madison out as the Lake Dallas girls basketball coach, athletic director Scott Head has begun the search for a new leader for the program in earnest.
Head, who is currently interviewing candidates for the position, said he hopes to have selected the next Lady Falcon bench boss by early this week, with the new hire to be confirmed at a school board meeting on May 20.
The No. 1 priority for the program, Head said, is providing an upward-trending program with a coach with a history of success.
“I’d like to get somebody with some skins on the wall that has played in some championship games and all that, and we have some people that have been there and been to Austin with some teams that have interviewed,” he said. “Hopefully we can nail one of them down.”
The new girls basketball coach will inherit a program that has made the postseason in each of the last two seasons, largely due to the contributions of rising seniors Dorian Norris and Josephine Elliott. Elliott’s little sister, freshman Jorja Elliott, and freshman and District 8-5A Newcomer of the Year Mackenzie Buss lead a solid group of underclassmen that should complement the pair next season.
Freshmen Allie Buchanan and Bailey Broughton will also return as the Lady Falcons look to make the area round for the first time since 2008, when the program made a run to the regional quarterfinals.
The hire will be the second in recent weeks for Head, who brought on Justin Northwest teacher and local club volleyball coach Kristinn Holbrooks to helm the Lady Falcon volleyball program following the departure of first-year head coach Jason Roemer. Roemer will be returning to Fredericksburg, where he coached for more than a decade.
With both Holbrooks and the new Lake Dallas girls basketball coach, Head said he’s focused on finding someone with a commitment to longevity.
“The coaches that stay the longest are more successful,” he said. “You look at [head football coach Michael] Young – he’s been here for a long time, and he’s built his program. That’s what we’re looking for. I can’t stand the one-and-done stuff – I know there are circumstances, and people have to leave and get out, and I respect that. But for a good program to be built, you’ve got to have the longevity of a coach, too.”
Though the solid core of players and recent success are the main attraction, Head said he feels the Lake Dallas facilities and surrounding community have also aided him in attracting the talent vying to lead the school’s programs.
“Our gym is, I believe, one of the top gyms around. Coaches walk in there just in awe of it,” he said. “The good thing about Lake Dallas is it’s a one-school town. The community backs the one-school town. Everybody’s a Falcon from elementary to high school, and it’s a small-town feel with a big school.”
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