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Southlake Carroll hires former Duncanville boys basketball coach Eric McDade
Southlake Carroll athletic director Kevin Ozee has looked for a highly successful, program-building boys basketball coach twice in the last four years. Both times he found Eric McDade.
The Carroll ISD school board announced it hired McDade as Carroll’s new coach at its regularly scheduled Monday meeting. McDade comes from Duncanville, where he was named in 2009 as Ozee was departing as athletic director.
“I was impressed with him in 2009 and still am impressed in 2012,” Ozee said. “In both cases, Coach McDade blew away the interview committees, and I have been more than thrilled to be able to recommend him for the position.”
McDade, 38, has established himself among the state’s top coaches with his teams reaching the state playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons as head coach, including a trip to the 2009 Class 4A state tournament at Mansfield Timberview. McDade began his head coaching career in 1999 at Crowley. The Denison native played at Concordia University in Austin.
In five seasons under former coach Jon Youngblood, Carroll reached the playoffs once, in 2011. Carroll was 16-17 and 6-8 in District 7-5A last season. Carroll last won a district title in 2002.
“I am extremely thrilled to have this opportunity,” said McDade, who’ll officially start in August. “My family and I are so looking forward to being to a part of this outstanding school district and community. I look forward to getting to know the players and them getting to know me. It should be a lot of fun.”
At Duncanville, the Panthers were 66-35 under McDade, who replaced Phil McNeely after his 27-season run with 702 career victories. Duncanville made the playoffs in McDade’s three seasons but lost each season to two-time state champ and three-time state tourney qualifier Flower Mound Marcus in the second round. McDade’s career record is 270-159.
“We are very excited about Eric McDade and what he will bring to Carroll ISD,” Ozee said. “Coach McDade has a tremendous and successful background in coaching basketball. He is a great classroom [English] teacher and his ability to build positive relationships with his students is a top priority to him.”