Bryant is fourth SSHS head coach to step down
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

July 6, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs ISD will be filling one more head coaching position this summer as girls basketball coach Carin Hoffman Bryant asked to be transferred to a teaching position-only last week.

Bryant, head coach since 2001, was approved to transfer to the middle school, where she will teach physical science, said Superintendent Patsy Bolton.

Bryant is expecting her second child near the end of the year, and Mrs. Bolton said the timing seemed to be right for her to be available to spend more time with her family. Bryant is married to Martin Bryant, a coach and teacher at the middle school.

In her four seasons as head coach, Bryant compiled an overall record of 58-65, including 2-2 in two playoff seasons. The best year came in 2001-02 when the Lady Cats went 20-11, including a 10-0 mark in district play, and advanced for the first time in school history to the Class 4A, Region II tournament.

Mrs. Bolton said Bryant's move was approved by the administration, and will be forwarded to the school board.

"Carin transferring to middle school was not something we did," Mrs. Bolton said. "She asked for that change."

SSISD athletic director Dwayne McMeans has already filled three head coaching positions this summer, starting with girls golf when Rodney Barthelemess took a position in Hallsville. Rahn Smith, the head baseball coach, was given that job and a new baseball coach, Jarrod Hammack, was hired from Whitehouse. A new head boys basketball coach, Jeff Carroll, was hired to replace Steve Glover, who took a teaching-only position at the high school.

In an unrelated move, a freshman girls basketball coach, Linda Rankin, was hired to replace Josh Ragsdale, who took a job with Crandall ISD.

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