JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School boys basketball program tapped a coach from above the Red River to lead the team next year.
Marble Falls Independent School District athletic director Matt Green announced Matt Bailey will be the new head boys basketball coach after the school board approved the hire May 16.
Bailey spent the past seven seasons as the head coach Deer Creek High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, and compiled a 112-65 record. He guided the Antlers to two state tournament appearances.
In nine seasons as head coach, he has an overall record of 146-81. His first head coaching job was at Harding Charter Preparatory School, where he had a 34-16 overall record.
MFISD athletic director Matt Green said Bailey checked off many of the qualities of a head coach on his list.
“Was he a guy who was coming in to build great relationships with his players?” he said. “Is he able to create an atmosphere of excitement and motivate not only players but the community to be involved and rebuild this program?”
Green said that not only did Bailey have answers, he had all the right answers.
“He is extremely enthusiastic and extremely positive,” he said. “This guy exuded extra enthusiasm, and, overall, (he is) a very positive coach.”
More than 50 coaches applied for the position. The pool was narrowed to seven semifinalists and then three finalists, the athletic director said.
Marble Falls basketball players and their parents are invited to meet Bailey at the high school athletics office at 4 p.m. May 18.
Green also announced the resignations of three coaches: girls coordinator and head basketball coach David Schubert; his wife, Casey Schubert, who was the head volleyball coach; and football assistant coach Travis Chrisman.
Chrisman, who coached the cornerbacks, will be the new offensive coordinator at New Diana High School for former Marble Falls assistant coach Robbie Coplin, who is in his first year as the athletic director and head football coach there.
While Green hates to lose Chrisman, he said he’s thrilled to see two former Mustang assistants team up to help New Diana be a successful athletic program in that community.
“We appreciate the work he’s done here,” Green said. “Coach Chrisman is clearly leaving for a promotion. Those guys did a great job for our program.”
As for the vacancies in the Lady Mustangs program, Green, who will be looking for new coaches in the same positions in back-to-back years, said he wants the Lady Mustangs to know the searches have begun and that he sees their talent, dedication and willingness to work at both campuses. And he promises to be equally hardworking in the searches.
“We have a great group of young ladies,” he said. “I know we’re going to find some exciting coaches who want to come in here and commit to these young ladies.”