JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
BURNET — Burnet High School Lady Dawgs coaches David and Casey Schubert are heading to East Texas.
The couple have accepted positions at Avinger Independent School District.
David Schubert, who is the Burnet High School girls athletics coordinator and head girls basketball coach, will become the Avinger boys athletics coordinator and head boys basketball coach. Casey Schubert, who is the Burnet High School head cross-country coach and assistant track coach, is taking a special education teaching position at Avinger.
Avinger is a Class 1A school without a football program. The high school has 36 students; the district has 127 total in grades kindergarten through 12.
David Schubert said he accepted the position for two primary reasons: his sons, Bryson, a sophomore, and Keldyn, a eighth-grader.
“I have the opportunity to coach my two sons,” he said.
In his one year coaching the Lady Dawgs, he guided them to a 21-12 overall record, including going 8-3 in District 19-4A play and a bi-district championship. Prior to the Burnet job, he coached the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs basketball team for one year.
Schubert said he will leave the area a better coach and was grateful to the Burnet community for welcoming and supporting him and his family.
“I want to thank the Burnet community for the support and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it and coach these young ladies,” he said.
He said he learned much from athletic director Kurt Jones, especially on “the way he handles things and his calmness.”
“His ability to stay calm and keep everything going in the right motion all the time,” Schubert said. “I definitely grew from that leadership and example.”
Jones said he appreciated the Schuberts’ approach to the athletic department at both the high school and Burnet Middle School.
“They brought what I anticipated they would: a tireless work effort and very professional in what they do and their organization and commitment,” he said. “David put in tons of hours and went to the middle school and got eyes on kids and created his system.”
Jones said Schubert “raised the bar of demand and work ethic.”
“He has an opportunity he didn’t anticipate, which is coaching his sons in basketball,” Jones added.
Schubert takes over an Avinger boys basketball program that only won three games last year but has earned three state titles with the last coming in 2016 under coach Treston Dowell. After the state championship year, Dowell resigned to take another coaching position. The Indians had an interim coach for the 2016-17 season.
The Schuberts will be returning to familiar territory. Casey Schubert once worked at the school district as a teacher and coach, and her parents are 20 minutes away.
With David Schubert leaving, Burnet begins the search for a new girls athletics coordinator and girls head basketball coach.
“We’re trying to find the right person,” Jones said.
Once the girls athletics coordinator is hired, Jones said the individual will take the lead in recommending a head cross-country coach.