Crowley assistant coach named new Sulphur Springs basketball coach
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 18, 2005 - Three coaching jobs on the Sulphur Springs High School staff were filled Monday, including the head boys basketball position, by the SSISD Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting.

Jeff Carroll, an assistant coach at Crowley, was hired as the new head basketball coach after helping the Eagles to a 29-3 record last year.

He will be joined on the SSHS staff by assistant football coaches Larry Sherman and Brady Ross.

SSISD athletic director Dwayne McMeans said the staff was impressed with the programs and coaches Carroll had worked for.

"He's coming to us from Crowley, where he worked under Robert Hale, who won several state championships at Pampa," McMeans said. "He's been with several really good basketball coaches and has a good background."

Carroll, who has eight years coaching experience, also worked as a student assistant at the University of North Texas after graduating from there, and was an assistant at Weatherford and Mansfield. He is a graduate of Royse City High School.

"Jeff is very energetic, very excited and is a motivational-type person," McMeans said. "I think he'll be good for the program."

Carroll will be on campus Monday to talk to the players. He is also planning to run a summer camp. He is married with an 8-year-old son.

Carroll replaces Steve Glover, who stepped down this spring and will be in a teaching-only position next fall.

Filling two positions left open by the departures of football co-defensive coordinators Dean Lasseter and Rodney Barthelemess will be Larry Sherman and Brady Ross.

Sherman comes to Sulphur Springs from district rival Mount Pleasant, where he was the defensive coordinator and head track coach. He will coach the defensive line for the Wildcats.

"Coach Sherman is a good one to have," said Wildcat head coach Brad Turner. "He brings a lot of knowledge to the game."

Sherman is married with a daughter who is finishing her freshman year at Mount Vernon High School.

Ross comes to SSHS from Winnsboro, where the former star running back for the Red Raiders had been the middle school athletic coordinator for the last four years.

He will be the head freshman coach for the Wildcats. He is married with a son who will be a freshman next fall.

Three other positions on the SSHS staff remain open: assistant girls basketball (Kamilla Musser is expecting a child), a middle school coach (retirement of Dennis Tomlin), and head boys baseball coach (Rahn Smith will coach another spring sport).

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