With the school year having long ended, the Callisburg Wildcats found a head coach with the start of a new season six weeks away.
Gary Jack has been hired away from Clarendon, where he was the head coach for 13 years, to replace Ritchie Pinckard. Jack led the Broncos to the playoffs seven times — including three area round appearances — after the program went just once from 1981 to his arrival in 2004.
Pinckard resigned in late May to become an assistant coach at Ennis. In five seasons at Callisburg, he went 31-23, leading the Wildcats to a co-district championship in 2012 and to a 10-3 record and a region semifinal advance in 2015 but struggled after graduation took away a large core of that team.
This past season, Callisburg was 3-7 and finished last without winning a game in District 5-3A (I). Callisburg enters the second year of realignment in the same district with Pottsboro, Howe, Whitesboro, Van Alstyne and Pilot Point.
Jack was 8-3 with a Class 2A Division II bi-district appearance and 20-18 loss against Wheeler. The Broncos finished third in District 2-2A (II) with their only regular-season losses coming against the teams in front of them — Wellington and Memphis.
It was an improvement over a 5-5 mark and fourth-place tie in the district, losing the tie-breaker for the final playoff spot.
Jack was 71-66 at Clarendon, his alma mater, and in 17 seasons overall as a head coach is 98-82 after starting his career with a four-year stint at Thorndale.