Written by Corbett Smith
Arlington Martin's Curt Culbertson named Coach of the Year; Jesuit's Darius Hill top newcomer
COACH OF THE YEAR
CURT CULBERTSON, Arlington Martin
Notable: A 25-year coaching veteran, Culbertson led Martin to the UIL state tournament for the second straight season, falling in the 5A semifinals to Fort Bend Dulles. Martin finished 36-8-1, going 14-0 en route to the District 3-5A title.
Did you know? An Arlington High alum, Culbertson came to Martin from Arlington Bowie in 2003. He served two years as an assistant before getting the head coaching position; Martin hasn’t missed the playoffs since.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
DARIUS HILL, Jesuit, So.
Notable: The outfielder moved onto the varsity roster and found a spot near the top of Jesuit’s batting order, finishing as the team leader in almost every offensive category. He was one of the area’s leaders in runs (36) and RBIs (36), hit .389, posted an OPS of 1.112 and had 20 steals.
Did you know? After cruising to back-to-back undefeated district marks in 2011 and 2012, Jesuit won a share of the 9-5A title, co-champions with W.T. White. It was the program’s fourth consecutive district title.