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JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Athletic Booster Club is trying something new with the aim of luring more fans into becoming members, Marble Falls Independent School District athletic director Todd Dodge said.

“What we’re trying to do is drum up more interest in our club,” he said. “So we’re inviting anyone interested in Mustang athletics to join the club.”

The first step is meeting more frequently, he said, which means every two weeks.

And it starts Feb. 24 when former Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes will be the guest speaker. The free event is 6:30 p.m. at El Rancho, 2312 U.S. 281 South. Attendees can purchase their dinners while they listen to Dykes speak, Dodge said.

“He’s a legend in the state,” he said. “Coach Dykes will speak to us about what a great booster club can do. That’s the main goal is to get support for the coaches and athletes through raising money.”

The club is under new leadership. Marble Falls High School graduate and retired real estate business owner Richard Giesecke is the new president.

Some weeks, the club will have its meetings at different places besides the cafeteria at Marble Falls High School, Dodge said. And club leaders know many coaches who live in the area who’ve coached at college and professional levels, he said, so they plan to invite other speakers to address club members.

The booster club will still continue holding a golf tournament as its main fundraiser, Dodge said, with date, course and time still to be determined.

And fans can sign up at any time to be a member, he said, even if they don’t have a relative who is currently playing for the Mustangs.

“We could use everybody’s involvement,” Dodge said. “We’re trying to really educate our community to what a club is. We have relationships built with a lot of these coaches. They come to watch us play and our practices. We’re going to reach out and get some good speakers.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com