JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees approved several coaching hires, including a head coach, during its special meeting July 13.
B.J. Brown is the new head softball coach. He has been coaching for more than 25 years including as an assistant baseball coach for the University of Alabama and the head baseball coach at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas.
“He has two daughters who played softball,” athletic director Matt Green said. “His background with baseball is extensive. He’s going to do a great job. I’m really excited. I like the fact he’s coached his daughters. Obviously, he’s a guy who has a lot of passion.”
Assistant football and boys soccer coach Chuck Cook is the new girls head soccer coach. Cook came from Lake Travis last summer where he was an assistant coach. Before that, he coached at Houston Lamar.
“He has fantastic people skills; he’s awesome with kids,” Green said. “He’s done a great job in the sports he coached last year. He has a gentle side. At the same time, he has very high expectations with the girls.”
Marble Falls High School alumnus Logan Docherty is adding middle school coach to his duty of teaching special education. Green said Docherty expressed a desire to coach and had great references from the middle school coaches.
Lynn Hughes will be an assistant softball coach and volleyball coach.
Kenneth and Shela Rubio will serve as assistant coaches after working in the Manor school district. Shela Rubio has spent 10 years as a coach, while her husband is a nine-year coach.
Shela Rubio, who also will be a high school math teacher, will be a girls basketball and softball assistant coach, while Kenneth Rubio will be a Marble Falls Middle School football, basketball, track and physical education coach.
In May, David Schubert was hired as the Marble Falls High School girls athletic coordinator and head basketball coach, and his wife, Casey, took over as the head volleyball coach.
Two other coaches, Kaileigh Gibson and Chris Arldt, were hired in June.
Gibson is the new girls assistant soccer coach and assistant cross-country coach after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s from Texas A&M University.
“She has an extensive soccer background,” the athletic director said.
Arldt is the new Marble Falls Middle School boys coordinator after working at Killeen Shoemaker for five years. Other stops include Bartlett and Taylor in a nine-year career.
“He has a variety of sports he has coached at the middle school and high school levels,” Green said.
Arldt’s background shows he knows how to get middle school student-athletes excited about playing all sports and develop them to be ready for the high school competition that’s coming, the athletic director said.
“I really like his demeanor,” Green said. “He has a personable demeanor that they’re going to be able to relate to him and trust him.”