Sherman filled a pair of head coaching vacancies on Tuesday with the announcement that Reeca Huntsman will lead the softball program and Jordan Marks will take over the boys basketball program.
“Both coaches will bring energy, discipline and pride to their programs,” Sherman athletic director J.D. Martinez said.
Huntsman was the head coach at Gunter while Marks was an assistant coach at Pflugerville Hendrickson.
Marks spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Hendrickson but does have prior head coaching experience. He led the girls program at St. Dominic Savio Catholic in Austin in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and the head boys coach at Austin High for two seasons before that.
Hendrickson won at least 21 games and made the playoffs each of the past two years, including an area-round appearance in 2018.
Marks replaces Marcus Klingsick, who stepped down last month after two years leading the Bearcats.
Klingsick made the playoffs in both seasons but lost in the bi-district round each time to regional champion Justin Northwest, which was a state semifinalist in 2017 and the state runner-up this past spring. He finished with a 38-25 overall record.
This past season, Sherman went 17-15 record and finished fourth in District 5-5A with a 6-6 mark. In the University Interscholastic League’s February realignment, the Bearcats will compete in a newly revamped District 10-5A for the next two years, joining up with Denison, Lucas Lovejoy, McKinney North, Princeton and Wylie East. Lovejoy, McKinney North and Princeton — which was in Class 4A — were playoff teams this past year.
Huntsman, a former assistant at Grayson College, is a Pottsboro native and 2006 Southeastern Oklahoma State graduate who has been the head coach at Gunter since 2014.
This past spring the Lady Tigers went 12-10 and missed the playoffs with a fifth-place finish in District 9-3A. It was an improvement over seventh-place district finishes in 2016 and 2017. Gunter also just missed the playoffs in 2015 by finishing fifth.
Huntsman replaces Brenda Samuels, who stepped down last month after two seasons in the dugout.
Samuels made the playoffs both seasons but lost in the bi-district round each time. She compiled a 32-30 overall record.
Her first season continued a second straight year of improving the team’s record as the Lady Bearcats went 19-14, made the postseason for the first time since 2012 and were third in District 5-5A with a bi-district loss against Saginaw. Sherman forced a deciding Game 3 after losing the opener but couldn’t advance to the area round.
Even though the team went 13-16 this past season, Sherman finished in a three-way tie for second place with Denton and Denton Braswell and earned the second seed for the playoffs. After winning the bi-district series opener against Azle, the team lost a double-header to be eliminated.
Like on the basketball side, the Lady Bearcats will compete in the new-look District 10-5A for the next two years, joining up with Denison, Lucas Lovejoy, McKinney North, Princeton and Wylie East. Lovejoy and McKinney North were also playoff teams this past year.