Marble Falls High School head track-and-field coach Kyle Futrell talks to his team at the recent District 25-5A track meet. After 31 years with the Marble Falls school district, Futrell is retiring. Photo by Diana Cox
JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Two more Marble Falls Independent School District coaches have resigned and another will retire at the end of this school year.
Marble Falls High School head track-and-field coach and assistant football coach Kyle Futrell will retire after 31 years — his entire coaching career — with the district, and Marble Falls Middle School boys athletic coordinator David Norwood and volleyball and girls track coach Shawna Braswell have resigned.
Norwood will be the boys junior high coordinator at a new Manvel campus in the Alvin Independent School District, while Braswell wants to return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The MFISD board of trustees accepted the resignations and retirement during its regular meeting April 20.
Girls head soccer coach John Huntsman and girls athletic coordinator and head basketball coach Chris Jost had already resigned.
Norwood has spent the last 10 years at MFISD. He was the head baseball coach for seven years then went to Marble Falls Middle School.
“Good luck to (athletic director Matt) Green and his staff,” he said. “We will always hope good things happen for Marble Falls.”
In looking to fill the positions, Green said all new hires must have two traits.
“They have to have strong character and ethics,” he said.
Green has posted the positions online and said he has already received some interest for the girls coordinator and head basketball job.
“We’re looking for a coach who has a successful track record,” he said. “I want somebody who’s strong in developing relationships with kids. I’m also going to have someone who’s mentally tough and able to handle the demands of the job and the girls and hold them to a high standard.”
Because that position is in charge of the girls athletic program, Green said the ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work well with others.
“Since it is a leadership position, I prefer they’ve been in a leadership position already,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean the candidate already has been a coordinator. And they’re going to be able to deal well with other coaches. And they’ll have very strong communication skills.”
The athletic director was clear when asked if it crossed his mind that candidates will point out the pitfalls of Marble Falls playing in District 25-5A against teams such as Cedar Park Vista Ridge and Georgetown, two top squads ranked in the top five in the Class 5A poll of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
“I think if anybody is going to worry about the district we’re in, they’re probably not right for our program,” he said. “We want to have people who are committed to building a successful program.”