Two boys basketball teams will have new faces at the helm, another hopes to regain some glory from not so long ago, one hopes to stay atop the heap in its classification, and two others are seeking to climb a little farther up the mountain this season.
The two new coaches are in Aledo and Weatherford. Fred Jones takes over the reins of the Bearcats and Charles Tatum is the new head coach for the Kangaroos.
Jones inherits an Aledo team that finished 13-16 and narrowly missed the postseason thanks to a strong finish. They return one starter, 6-4 junior Cameron Caldwell, along with three other returning varsity lettermen.
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Caldwell was the co-newcomer of the year last season in District 8-5A. He averaged 10.2 points and six rebounds.
Jones comes to Aledo after leading the Flower Mound Marcus Lady Marauders to a 103-35 record over the past four seasons. His 2012-13 team reached the regional tournament for the first time in 15 years.
Jones was previously an assistant on the Marauders boys team, helping them win the 2011 Class 5A state and MaxPreps national championship.
And, of course, everyone is aware of the Aledo Bearcats' football success over the years with five state championships in the past six seasons. Jones is hoping to get the boys basketball program going in that same direction.
"Building a powerhouse program does not happen in one year. It takes years of consistency," he said.
"There are three questions we ask in our program: Do you care about your teammates, Are you committed to excellence? Can we trust you? We believe these guiding questions will pay dividends on the court and in the character of these young men."
Jones said he was attracted to the Aledo job for a variety of reasons, not just coaching.
"Aledo is a great community with great academic standing. That was the first attraction to Aledo," he said. "I thought it would be a great fit for my family specifically my daughters.
"Aledo athletics is second to none. I am excited to be a part of an esteemed athletic program."
Aledo is one year removed from reaching the playoffs.
Tatum has long wanted the job at Weatherford High for some time, and now he has it. He takes over a team coming off a 2-30 season (0-14 in District 4-6A).
"True story, I have been driving by Weatherford High for years and was always impressed with the school itself," said Tatum. "I said 'I want to coach there.'"
For the past two years as head coach at Midland High, he brought his teams to the Kangaroos' annual tournament. That enhanced his love for the community.
"I just loved the closeness of the community and the warmth of everyone I ran into. And as a coach that's a dream come true, to coach in a place that feels like home - and Weatherford feel just like that home."
Tatum knows how to win, starting with leading his 1998 Midland High team to the 5A state championship and winning the MVP of the State Tournament. He went on to play for NCAA champion coach Nolan Richardson at the University of Arkansas before returning to coach Midland Trinity a Texas Christian Athletic Fellow state title in 2011.
And now he's ready for the challenge of turning the Kangaroos around.
"Turning a program around is getting our community excited about our program and the pride associated with being a Roo," he said. "I want our players to be excited about representing Weatherford."
Senior guard Tony Banks was the team's lone all-district selection last season, earning second-team honors.
Weatherford's last playoff appearance was in 2008.
The Eagles reached the summit in Class 3A last season, winning the state championship with a 37-2 record. Now comes the challenging of trying to stay at the top.
Coach Zach Boxell returns two letterman last year’s team in senior Nolan McCall and junior Taylor Perry. Leddy French was part of the team as a junior last season, but was injured throughout the season.
"We feel confident, that those three will use their experience to help lead our team this year," said Boxell. "We also will have Matthew Thornton and Garrett Leek that will step up from JV last year and play a vital role along with some others."
McCall was named the District 11-3A Sixth Man of the Year and Perry was second-team all-district.
While the Eagles graduated a lot of talent, in Brock they are used to reloading and not rebuilding.
"We set our goals high every year," said Boxell. "We try not to look too far ahead and work on getting better day by day.
"We feel like by doing this, we will be playing good basketball when it counts. We do know that everyone will be targeting us this year, but that is something that will just make us better down the road."
Last season was Brock's third trip to the state tournament in four seasons. They finished as state runners-up in 2012 and 2013.
The Greyhounds appear ready to make a run for supremacy in District 11-3A. They return five players, including four starters, from a 23-8 area finalist that finished second to state champion brock in district.
Topping the list of returners for coach Derron Smith's team is senior Parker Grudt, the 11-3A Offensive Player of the Year last season and a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region II selection. He averaged 18 points.
Seniors Connor Turan (11 points per game) and Draven Tell (7.5 points, 5.0 assists) were named first-team all-district. Junior Books Pennington earned second-team all-district honors, and junior Cooper Matlock was honorable mention.
The Greyhounds have reached at least the second round of the playoffs in three straight seasons, including the regional quarterfinals in 2013.
Coach Steven Stegall's team returns three key players from last seasons 23-12 squad that was second in District 11-2A and advanced three rounds into the playoffs.
Back is 6-1 senior guard Coy O'Boyle (12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists), along with junior guards Roy McCleery and Landon Smith. O'Boyle is a four-year varsity starter, while McCleery and Smith saw starting time on a part-time basis when the Monarchs suffered some injuries.
O'Boyle was named All-District 11-2A First Team and TABC All-Region II. The 5-10 McCleery was named 11-2A Sixth Man of the Year and the 5-6 Smith was honorable mention all-district.
The Monarchs have reached at least the second round of the playoffs for a decade straight.
Led by All-District 11-3A performers senior forward Tanyon Fulenwider (first team) and senior post Jordan Richardson (honorable mention), the Bulldogs return to the floor hungry to get back to postseason play.
Two seasons ago, coach Josh Jones led the team to its first playoff appearance in four decades. The Bulldogs made up for lost time, advancing to the third round.
Last season they slipped to 14-17 (6-8 in district) but Jones believes the talent is there for a return to the playoffs.
Fulenwider averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Richardson provides a strong defensive presence.
Other returning varsity players include senior guard Logan Brouwer, junior guard Tyler Burchette, junior guard Spencer Mitchell, sophomore forward Austin Younger and sophomore guard Sean King.