JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
BURNET — When Burnet Consolidated Independent School District athletic director Kurt Jones began looking for a new girls athletic coordinator and high school girls basketball coach, he looked south down U.S. 281.
Jones tapped Marble Falls High School girls basketball coach David Schubert for the Burnet position.
“He’s a successful coach and had a successful history as a coordinator and basketball coach,” Jones said. “He brings a lot of energy to the table. He’s a community guy. He has a history of establishing relationships; we want that.”
Schubert spent the 2015-16 school year at Marble Falls High School, where he guided the Lady Mustangs to records of 13-21 overall and 0-14 in District 25-5A.
Before that, Schubert was the athletic director and girls head coach at Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill for two years where the Red Devils posted a 22-13 overall record and finished 12-1 in District 16-3A play in 2014-15. In his first year at the school, the Red Devils were 25-7 overall and 9-5 in District 15-2A for third place. He also had stops at New Diana, James Bowie Sims and Wortham high schools dating to 2006.
Along with his expansive coaching background, Schubert also brings business experience with him. He stepped out of coaching from 2011-13 to run his own insurance business.
Schubert will take over a Lady Dawgs squad (20-14 overall, 7-3 in District 25-4A) that lost 55-42 in the Class 4A Region IV semifinals to Boerne High this year after defeating Brazosport 77-66, Wharton 57-49 and Navarro 52-42.
In other Burnet athletic news, Jones moved offensive coordinator Jerod Rye to defensive coordinator and promoted Burnet Middle School boys coordinator Justin Marcellus to offensive coordinator.
“Coach Rye will bring an interesting perspective (to the defense), having worked on the offensive side,” Jones said.
One trait all have in common, which is similar to the rest of the staff, is they have a knack for building relationships with their players that goes beyond the playing field, Jones said. That ability is invaluable because athletes are willing to work longer and harder.
But it’s not just on the playing field, Jones added. He sees these coaches get their athletes to spend more time working out on their own, in film sessions and applying the same tenacity to the classroom, Jones said.
“I’m super excited,” he said.
Jones also announced the departures of three head coaches: cross country’s Stuart Dixon, volleyball’s Salye Coles and girls track’s Frank Hughey.
Dixon’s wife accepted a professor position at Texas A&M University in College Station. Dixon was offered a job with the university.
During her announcement to the Lady Dawgs, Coles said she was leaving to have more time to spend with a new grandchild, though she will remain with the school district as a teacher. In addition, she will assist with the summer volleyball camp July 18-20.
Jones said he and Schubert will begin the process of finding successors for those positions.
“I want coach Schubert to be heavily involved and take the lead,” the athletic director said. “We’re excited about David. We think he’ll lead our program to new heights.”