JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls announced new athletic department hires for the 2014-2015 school year.
Boys head basketball coach Randy Denton is the new assistant athletic director, head baseball coach and assistant football coach. He is coaching linemen and also will be a classroom teacher.
“We had a lot of good applicants for (the position),” athletic director Jessie Crow said. “Look what Randy’s done the last two years in basketball. They finished second in district last year. I was really proud of the job he’s done.”
Denton played baseball in high school and college.
“He’s been around (the sport) all his life,” Crow said. “He’s shown an ability to coach. He’s a good choice.”
Jeff Sellers will be an assistant baseball coach.
Assistant volleyball coach Bobby Tipps takes over as the head softball coach, while Randy Parsons will be his assistant coach.
“We think not only do they have the background, they have the temperament,” Crow said. “They express the need for excellence, and they have the right heart.”
Crow believes having these men on campus during the school day allows for even greater communication.
“When the kids have questions, if a coach is around, they’ll see him during the day,” he said. “You can also keep tabs academically. We do grade checks, but if teachers see you, they can drop a line.”
A Faith Academy rule change should help with the overlap of basketball, baseball and softball seasons. Prior to that change, a team could not start its season until another squad competing during district or in the playoffs was finished.
The new rule now calls for head coaches to tell each other which athletes are available to begin practices for a new sport, Crow said. Usually, that means reserves who don’t have a huge role are allowed to practice a sport that’s starting.
So Sellers will start baseball workouts while Denton and the Flames finish basketball season, Crow said.
“That’s good for the kids,” he said.
Crow also announced the school reached an agreement with the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond in Burnet to use the baseball and softball fields.
Cost for each is $1,300 for the entire season.
“They’re doing it for a very minimal fee,” Crow said. “They’ll drag the fields, wet the fields, run the scoreboard. We’ll pay more if we use the lights.”