JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School boys head basketball coach Paul Gammage and assistant coach Roy Waterman are resigning as coaches at the high school at the end of the 2015-16 school year
The two told players April 1.
However, both will continue to teach at Marble Falls Independent School District. Gammage teaches English, while Waterman is a math teacher.
“I told (Marble Falls High School) administrators I don’t want to be the head coach anymore,” Gammage said.
One reason for Gammage’s decision has to do with family, he said, though he didn’t elaborate.
His first year as the head coach at Marble Falls also was his first head coaching job. He was hired by former athletic director Todd Dodge just before Dodge left for Austin Westlake High School for the 2014-15 school year.
Gammage took over a program that finished 5-20 overall and 0-12 in District 25-5A play the previous season.
While his record is 12-53 overall and 1-27 in district play, it’s the lone division victory that might be the highlight for the Mustangs.
It happened Feb. 16, when Marble Falls beat Georgetown East View 51-36 to end a 48-game losing streak in district play that dated to the 2012-13 school. The last district win before Feb. 16 was Jan. 11, 2013, a 45-35 victory against Cedar Park Vista Ridge.
East View had beaten the Mustangs 76-61 three weeks earlier.
“They had nine 3s on us the first time,” Gammage said. “We changed our defense. We out-rebounded them 41-19 and played really well.”
Gammage said being the head basketball coach taught him plenty about himself that he will utilize. He said he plans to continue coaching in some capacity, just not as the high school head basketball coach.
“I’m a much better coach,” he said. “I learned a lot about myself and coaching different styles. I developed a new awareness of everything.”