CPHS hires three new coaches

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

July 25, 2007 - COMO - Como-Pickton school board trustees hired three new coaches for the athletic program, in girls basketball and junior high athletics, during the last two weeks .

The board hired Regina Sanders, Wade Cates and promoted Mark Bates to help with junior high athletics, while also appointing Paul Tullis as the new athletic director and Frances Mowat as the new girls coordinator.

Sanders takes over the varsity girls basketball program from former coach Devin Gabbard - who is now the head girls basketball coach at Huntsville High School. Gabbard also resigned as the athletic director on July 10.

"In the last couple of weeks we have hired a new head girls basketball coach in Regina Sanders," Tullis said. "She comes from Oklahoma with a lot of experience and she is going to be a good one for us. Right now, we don't have a head softball coach hired and that is still an opening, so if we don't take care of that then she is going to coach them. We have someone to be the assistant for softball right now."

Tullis said Sanders stood out because of the experience that she has in high school basketball and will be a good fit for the athletic program.

"We interviewed several candidates with around seven or eight people and had a lot of interest in the program," Tullis said. "We felt that she was the best fit for the girls that we had here. The experience that she has was one of the main things for us."

In the junior high program, Como-Pickton hired Cates from Mount Pleasant, while elementary teacher Bates was promoted to the junior high.

"We have a coach named Mark Bates and he is moving up from being an elementary school teacher. He is moving up to the junior high and will take care of some of the girls sports," he said. "He will coach junior high volleyball, be an assistant basketball coach in junior high or either the JV coach. He will also be an assistant in softball, and he helped out with some of that last year.

"We also have Wade Cates and he is a good one for us. He is coming from Mount Pleasant and he will be a junior high coach on the girls side and will be junior high volleyball, basketball and track."

The board of trustees also last week appointed Mowat to the position of girls athletic coordinator.

Tullis said going into the meeting Mowat was high on the list of candidates for the position.

"I think Frances is the best candidate for that job. She has been here for a long time and will be here for a long time. She does an excellent job with the girls and also does an excellent job with the guys during the track season," Tullis said. "She will do a great job with heading up that girls side and taking a lot of pressure off of me in that I won't have to worry about them because I know that she can take care of them."

Tullis said within the next couple of weeks, he is hoping to nail down assistant coaches for the football program for a junior high coach and also a coach for the position left open by Kurt McCain, who is now a member of the Sulphur Springs football staff.

"With every hire that we have done, I am very happy with them because they are really energetic and excited about being here and want to learn a lot," he said. We have not hired anyone for the football position yet, but are currently working with a guy on that area. We are also looking for a math teacher and coach with the position that Coach McCain left open."

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