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Familiar faces new co-coaches for Marble Falls golf program

Lonnie Tackitt (left) and Adley Canales (right)

Lonnie Tackitt (left) and Adley Canales (right) are the new leaders of the Marble Falls golf program following the announced departure of former head coach Rick Blackington in July. Staff and courtesy photos

The Marble Falls High School golf program has two (sort of) new head coaches. Adley Canales, who was assistant coach last year, and Lonnie Tackitt, who retired as the program’s coach two years ago, will take over for head coach Rick Blackington, who left for a new opportunity at the end of July.

Marble Falls Independent School District Athletic Director Brian Herman said the hiring decision provides continuity.

“After much consideration, we were excited about the opportunity to bring Coach Tackitt back out of retirement and pair him with Coach Canales, who has provided stability within the program,” Herman said in a media release. “The combination will serve our kids in the best possible way.” 

Tackitt joined the Marble Falls High School staff in 1991 following seven years of teaching and coaching in New Mexico. He has coached eight boys’ teams, four girls’ teams, and 12 individuals who made it to regional tournaments. He retired at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

During Tackitt’s absence, the golf program continued to build on the strong foundation established under his leadership. The boys’ team advanced to the state tournament last season.

“I am looking forward to working with the Mustang golf teams this year,” Tackitt said in a media release. “They are coming off a great season last year, and I look to build on that experience.”

Canales has coached high school girls’ basketball, softball, and swim during his seven-year tenure with MFISD. He was the assistant golf coach for the past two years.

“Marble Falls has a golf program that is able to compete and be successful at the state level,” he said. “This was on full display last year, and together with Coach Tackitt, I am confident that we will be able to ensure the continued success of the golf program moving forward.”