JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — In many ways, David Schubert is already at home in his new position at Marble Falls High School.
Hired as the girls head basketball coach and athletic coordinator May 18, he has filled his office with personal items and has been talking to candidates for the Lady Mustangs coaching staff.
Schubert came to Marble Falls from Mount Pleasant’s Chapel Hill High School, a small Class 3A school, where he was the athletic director and head girls basketball coach for the past two years. While there, his girls team was 47-20 overall and 21-6 in district play, and reached the second round of the playoffs last season.
His wife, Casey, who was the volleyball coach at Chapel Hill, has taken over that position at Marble Falls. The couple has three children: ninth-grader Bryson, seventh-grader Kelvyn and fifth-grader Rielyn.
At one time, David Schubert owned an insurance company, but he eventually returned to education.
“It wasn’t my passion,” he said about insurance. “It wasn’t what God wanted me to be doing.”
He has coached just about every sport offered in a high school athletic department, including boys basketball. He said that experience allows him to build strong relationships with student-athletes, coaches, administrators, parents and fans. He also looks forward to working with the Marble Falls Middle School coaches to help grow an enthusiasm for sports that doesn’t waiver when the younger players reach high school.
Off the court, he takes his love of basketball with him. He has a close group of friends, who all have the same interest.
“We’ll throw a basketball party at my house, cook, eat and talk basketball for hours,” he said. “I’ve done clinics myself and gone to numerous coaching clinics.”
Schubert said he believes in fundamental basketball, which means players must be able to dribble, shoot and play defense. He emphasizes discipline, respect and hard work, he said, adding that if players have those three traits, it will spill over to other areas of their lives.
He said he follows the advice of former Winnsboro High School coach Buddy Hawkins, who led the Lady Raiders to 12 state tournament appearances in 21 years. That advice is to start developing players as early as the fourth grade.
“As high school varsity coaches, you fine-tune the offense and the defense,” he said. “It’s my job to get involved.
“I feel like that’s my strength, to be honest,” he added. “I’m as competitive as any human being on this planet. If you teach young kids to buy in — and they will buy in and believe — success is going to happen.”
Since the school year ended in late May, several Marble Falls coaches have had open gym sessions at the high school that have drawn more than a dozen players each. The Marble Falls girls basketball team also has been playing in the Lampasas summer league on Monday evenings. Schubert has watched some of his athletes during those games.
“The exciting thing here is we’re going to be a young basketball team,” he said. “We have to develop players to be successful two and three years down the road. I’m excited about the talent. I’ve got girls I’ve seen in a couple of ballgames who can really shoot the ball well. I’ve got size. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of two or three inside players.”
Schubert said he and his wife have the same philosophy when it comes to working with people. He said he looks forward to meeting parents and fans, believing they all want to have success in sports, academics and other activities.
“We want a different atmosphere, more of a family atmosphere,” he said. “I can’t do it by myself. There’s nobody out there who can do it by themselves.”
That means fans will find the Schuberts supporting each sport during its season at all levels — even elementary. He believes his experience at a small 3A school will be beneficial as a coach at Marble Falls, which, with an enrollment of 1,125 students, is the smallest school in District 25-5A.
“Being from small schools, having to coach all those sports, gives me a knowledge of all of them, what it takes to be successful at those programs,” he said. “We’ve encouraged athletes to play multiple sports to make them multi-dimensional. We encourage diversity. Those great athletes have to play other things to help us become successful against schools with much greater numbers.”