After four years, boys basketball coach Greg Nix is leaving Sherman High School. But he isn’t going very far.

After four years, boys basketball coach Greg Nix is leaving Sherman High School. But he isn’t going very far.


Nix, a 1990 Denison High School graduate, will be staying close to home after announcing on Thursday he has accepted the head boys basketball coaching job at Pottsboro.


"I’ve coached all over the state, in Fort Worth and deep East Texas, and started out in Leonard," Nix said. "At this point, being 44 years old, I wanted to make a move that I hope will be my final move. I hope this is where I end.


"I’ve still got a lot of roots. My mom lives in Denison, and my wife’s parents live in Denison. It’s going to be a really, really good move for us."


Monday evening’s spring sports awards banquet will be Nix’s last official duty with Sherman.


Nix will take over a Pottsboro team that finished 11-17 this past winter but has been successful in the past under previous coach Russell Ratliff, who had been with the Cardinals since 2005.


"Pottsboro’s got some really good grades coming, some good classes," Nix said. "They compete in everything. The one sport where they haven’t competed as well is boys basketball, and we’re hoping to turn that around."


Nix was hired by the Sherman ISD as boys basketball coach on May 21, 2012, replacing Ryan Purtell, who initially was promoted to assistant principal at SHS but shortly thereafter returned to San Antonio, where Purtell had previously coached. Purtell is now a vice principal at O’Connor High School.


Nix coached the Bearcats to a 19-19 record, and his charges pulled off a 60-56 bi-district playoff upset of top-seeded Marshall in his first year.


Following that, though, a lack of size on his roster made it difficult for the Bearcats to compete in a tough district that grew only tougher with realignment. The team slipped to 12-13 in 2013-14 and tied for sixth place, then plunged to 10-22 overall in 2014-15 and tied Denison for last place.


However, with a talented group of freshman and sophomore guards and a game plan to fit their talents, the Bearcats began to climb back into respectability this past season. Sherman finished 15-18 overall and sixth in District 10-5A, but was seldom blown out in any district contest.


"In 21 years of coaching I don’t know if there’ll be a harder day than when I called the kids together and we talked about me leaving," Nix said. "I wanted them to hear it from me first. I’ve got the five kids coming back and they’re really solid. They play hard and I think they have a great chance to make the playoffs next year."


Prior to Sherman, Nix coached for eight seasons at Prosper and finished with a 230-110 record there, being named district coach of the year twice. Before that, Nix spent four years at Troup, winning district championships in 2003 and 2004 and being voted district coach of the year all four seasons.


A number of coaches have migrated from Sherman to Pottsboro over the years, including Cardinals head football coach and athletic director Matt Poe, who made the move a decade ago after serving as the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator under Ronnie Tipps and Drew Young.


"What’s crazy is, when you’re in high school you never know when your paths are going to cross," Nix said. "Their assistant superintendent, Josh Recer, graduated from McKinney in ’91 so we played against each other in high school. We’ve known each other for 25 years. Coach Poe graduated from McKinney. So it’s kind of cross-pollination. We’ve known each other and competed against each other, and they seem to have a solid athletic program rolling."