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Rockwall girls basketball coach Jill McDill leaves for Sunnyvale

Rockwall girls basketball coach Jill McDill announced Tuesday that she has accepted a job at Sunnyvale as an assistant athletic director and girls basketball coach. McDill led the Lady Jackets to three state finals in 12 years and a Class 5A state championship in 2007.

The Dallas Morning News

Fort Bend Dulles, Texas A&M star Kelsey Bone will leave early for WNBA

Texas A&M junior center Kelsey Bone announced Wednesday that she has decided to forego her senior season and will enter the 2013 WNBA Draft.

“The growth and maturity that I have acquired has prepared me to be able move on to the next phase in my life as I will be entering the 2013 WNBA Draft,” Bone said.

The 6-foot-4 Houston native came to Texas A&M after competing her freshman season at South Carolina and earning Southeastern Conference Newcomer of the Year honors. She sat out the Aggies 2010-2011 National Championship season before beginning her Texas A&M career in the 2011 school year.

Texas A&M
Houston Chronicle

Lubbock Christian girls basketball promotes Craig Mitchell

Defending TAPPS 3A state champion Lubbock Christian promoted girls basketball assistant coach Craig Mitchell. Mitchell replaces Alesha Robertson, who was named Wayland Baptist women's basketball coach.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Midland girls basketball coach Ron Berry leaves for Millsap

Midland girls basketball coach Ron Berry announced his resignation Monday to take the same position at Millsap, a Class 2A program.

Berry’s departure is based solely on the health of his 33-year-old daughter Rayna Willis, who was diagnosed with cervical and thyroid cancer last fall.

“This is the hardest place I’ve ever had to resign from,” said Berry, who has a 757-342 all-time record as a head coach.

Midland Reporter-Telegram
Mineral Wells Index

Copperas Cove girls basketball coach Teresa Durham announces resignation

Copperas Cove girls basketball coach Teresa Durham announced she will be resigning from the position at the end of the school year.

“My goal has always been to build a championship program from the ground up,” said Durham, who won the 2006 Class 3A title with China Spring.

Killeen Daily Herald News

4A girls basketball champion coach Rhonda Farney reflects on first state title, 900-plus wins

The day after her team won the Class 4A girls basketball championship, Georgetown coach Rhonda Farney and the Lady Eagles gathered inside their campus gym to watch an exhibition by the Georgetown Dribblers, roughly 100 elementary-school kids learning the basics of the game.

The drills came to a virtual halt, though, upon the arrival of Farney, her three assistant coaches and the 16 players, the newest stars in this town of 47,480 people. The players and coaches spent the better part of an hour signing autographs and posing for pictures with boys and girls who aspire to be just like them.

The significance of the moment was not lost upon the Lady Eagles or Farney. Most of the young women with sparkling gold medals draped around their necks had been Georgetown Dribblers not long ago, and no one had become more familiar with the youth basketball program than Farney, who arrived at Georgetown High School in 1988.

Ballinger girls basketball hired Christoval coach Michael Barnes

The Ballinger Independent School District did not look far to find its new girls varsity head basketball coach and girls athletic coordinator by hiring Michael Barnes on Thursday.

Barnes, who has been the head coach at Christoval for the last three years, was picked out of a pool of more than 40 applicants and replaces Tim Menke, who was reassigned in February.

San Angelo Standard-Times

Odessa girls basketball hires boys assistant John Mauldin

John Mauldin, a 41-year-old Pecos native, worked as an assistant coach for the Odessa High boys basketball team in 12 of the last 15 seasons. He wasn’t ever paid for that job until the middle of the 2011-12 season, serving as a volunteer while officially working as a junior high coach within ECISD.

Mauldin has been tabbed as the head coach for the Odessa High girls team.

“It’s a dream come true,” Mauldin said Monday. “You work hard and get up and go to work every day, and who knows what’s going to happen.”

Odessa American

Plano West girls basketball promotes Kristen Perry

The Plano West girls basketball team didn't have to look far to find their new head coach.

In fact, the team just looked one seat further down the bench as longtime assistant coach Kristen Perry has been selected to take the helm. Perry is just the second coach in program history after Don Patterson, who retired following completion of the 2012-13 season last month.

Plano Star-Courier

Poth aims to win for retiring coach Peggy Hosek

Poth girls basketball coach Peggy Hosek appeared uncomfortable when the subject of her impending retirement came up for what felt like the millionth time.

Hosek wants the focus this week pointed elsewhere. In particular, toward six seniors who have known each other since fifth grade and have led the Pirettes to this weekend's Class 2A state tournament.

But a coach can't stay at the same school for 33 seasons, win more than 800 games with 13 state-tournament appearances and two state championships and go unnoticed.