Weatherford Sports

Aledo, WHS name new basketball coaches

Fred Jones takes over in Aledo.
Fred Jones takes over in Aledo. Courtesy photo

Charles Tatum to take over at WHS

The Weatherford Kangaroos Basketball Booster Club and WISD are “excited to welcome” new varsity head boys coach Charles Tatum.

Tatum hails from Midland High School, where he has coached the last two years. His Bulldogs won the district championship during the 2014-15 season.

He also served as head coach at Midland Trinity, where his team won a TCAF state title, and was an AAU coach in Arkansas and in Midland.

He is a 1999 graduate of Midland High. His team won the 5A state championship in 1998, and he was the MVP of the state championship game.

He went on to play at the University of Arkansas under legendary coach Nolan Richardson.

Richard Scoggin, WISD Executive Director of Athletics, is working with Tatum to meet his WHS players before the end of the school year and, if possible, there are also plans to possibly hold a special Booster Club event soon so parents and community members can welcome him to Weatherford.

Fred Jones joins Aledo ISD

Fred Jones was named head boys basketball coach at Aledo High School, Athletic Director Tim Buchanan announced. Jones joins Aledo after four successful years as the head girls basketball coach at Flower Mound Marcus High School.

“I believe that Coach Fred Jones will bring his state championship experience to Aledo and raise the boys’ basketball program to the next level,” Buchanan said.

Jones recorded a 103-35 overall record at Marcus from 2011-2015, leading the Marauders to the Class 5A Region 1 semifinals in 2013 and the program’s first-ever undefeated District Championship in 2014. He earned District 5-5A Coach of the Year honors in 2014 after leading Marcus to the Regional Quarterfinals and a 29-3 overall record.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Bearcat community,” Jones said. “My family is looking forward to playing a role in the success of the boys’ basketball program.”

Jones was a varsity boys assistant basketball coach at Marcus from 2007-2011, helping guide the program to back-to-back 5A State Championships in 2011 and 2012. Marcus was a state semifinalist team in 2010. Prior to his stop in the Lewisville ISD, Jones was an assistant boys basketball and football coach at La Marque High School for the 2006 academic year. La Marque won the 2006 4A state football championship with Jones on the sidelines.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1998 where he lettered on the Red Raiders’ basketball team. He went to Texas Tech after earning Junior College All-America honors at Temple College.

Jones and his wife, Latisha, of 19 years, have three daughters: Vanessa, who is currently playing basketball at San Jacinto College, Alexus and Mackenzie. He has received two “Teacher of the Year” Awards.