Written by Corbett Smith
Longtime Rowlett boys basketball coach Stan Blackmon retiring; Garland Lakeview Centennial asst. Jason Busch to take over
Stan Blackmon, Rowlett’s head boys basketball for the past 17 years, has announced his retirement – leaving at the end of the school year. Garland Lakeview Centennial assistant Jason Busch has been hired as Blackmon’s successor.
Blackmon, 62, is the only coach the Rowlett program has ever known, opening the school in 1996. A native of Gary Ind., he came to the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a college basketball player, starring at North Texas for two seasons from 1972-74. A 6-8 power forward, he was named an all-Missouri Valley first-team player in his senior season, and still holds a share of the school record for field goals in a game: 18, against Chicago State in Jan. 1974.
He began his coaching career at Richardson’s Liberty junior high, coaching there for 17 years. Blackmon left Liberty to be an assistant for legendary South Garland coach Garland Nichols for one season, before leaving for Rowlett.
The past few seasons have been some of the best of Blackmon’s career. Rowlett went 48-12 from 2011-13, and has made the area round of the UIL playoffs four out of the last five years.
The 33-year-old Busch has already been on campus for a week working with Rowlett’s players. He came to Garland ISD to work under Tony Mauldin, and was on Mauldin’s staff when Lakeview Centennial advanced to the 2011 UIL Class 5A final. An Abilene High alum, Busch played collegiately at Lubbock Christian.