Track, tennis, and volleyball coaches exit
by Mark K. Campbell
Azle ISD athletic director Scott Anderson has been busy moving around coaches he already has and finding new ones, too.
And he still has a few more positions to fill.
Last year, only one coaching slot was vacant, boys soccer. This time around, Anderson is hustling to fill a bevy of berths, including several head positions.
The retirement of two veteran Azle High coaches – Don Ostermann (cross country/track) and John Ward (tennis) – was handled with coaches already in the AISD.
Anderson said Ostermann’s old duties will be split by a pair of coaches.
Azle Junior High coach Keith Boenisch will move up to handle cross country chores.
Veteran Mike Norwood will direct the AHS boys track team. Anderson said Norwood’s coaching history is filled with 25 years of track experience.
Ward’s tennis coaching chores will be assumed by veteran AHS coach Lisa Helm, moving over from girls basketball and track.
“She has a background in it and she’ll do a good job,” Anderson said.
Another head coaching job opened when volleyball coach Amy Woosley decided to get married and return to her Denver City home.
Woosley will be replaced by newcomer Jennifer Robinson. After dominating at powerhouse Dumas, she played college ball at UTA and West Texas A&M.
The past two seasons, Robinson has coached at Andrews.
“She comes highly recommended,” Anderson said. “She was just here and has already met the kids.”
Several football assistant jobs needed filling.
The exiting of former AHS head coach Buddy Brock – who returned later to direct Hornet linemen – created a need and Cody Gilbert was hired from Archer City where he was the defensive coordinator last season. He hails from Howard Payne University.
The exit of Nick Junior brought Richland coach Steven Burkett to Azle. With two children in the AISD already, Anderson said Burkett, who lives here, was happy to stay in Azle, Anderson said.
Experienced football and basketball assistant Adam Brady is moving to South Carolina. His spot will be filled by Ryan Jordan, who will move up from Forte Junior High.
With Helm’s move to tennis, Patricia Chancellor will now assist with girls track and basketball. From West, Anderson said she interviewed soon after the disaster there. He said she has coached with current hoops AHS head coach Mitzi Marquart.
Two assistant volleyball coaches who worked with Woosley are also moving on.
Sara Anderson, who assisted with softball, too, is getting out of coaching as the birth of her second child nears.
Aubrey Short took the head volleyball job at Burleson. Both slots remain open as teaching positions must match the potential coaches’ specialties.
At Azle Junior High, Dean Parlin has returned to lead the girls, replacing Boenisch.
Channing Gann is moving from Forte to Azle JH to replace Kate Byars who has decided to teach only.
At Forte, Springtown grad Dustin Bell will come from Lake Worth to replace Jordan.
Ray Callaway will fill Chad Hinkelman’s position.
Cynthia Cooper, from Breckenridge, will replace Billy Mitchell in girls sports. The latter is moving to AHS to teach only.