By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
ATHENS– Kris Baumann has announced his resignation as head men’s basketball coach/associate athletic director at Trinity Valley Community College. Baumann has accepted a position as assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
“I’ve been coaching 17 years in junior college basketball and Trinity Valley is by far the best job I’ve ever had,” Baumann said. “It’s difficult to leave a place this special. “What sets this place apart from others is the people who work at the college, our fan base and the community. It truly is a special place.”
Baumann leaves after a four-year tenure at TVCC in which the Cardinals posted a 110-26 record. Baumann, owner of a 280-146 career record, guided the Cardinals to the national tournament in each of his last three seasons, claiming their first Region XIV championship since 1999 this past season.
In addition to claiming the regional title in the 2015-16 season, the Cardinals were an unprecedented 19-0 in conference play and were ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA the second half of the season. The Cardinals, who own a 33-game conference winning streak, also matched a school record for wins in a season, going 33-2.
During Baumann’s tenure, the Cardinals reached the Elite 8 in 2015 and the Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2016. The Cardinals were the No. 1 seed at the tournament this past season.
Prior to his arrival at TVCC in the summer of 2012, Baumann spent six seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas. He was 120-75 at Garden City, where his 2009 squad advanced to the national tournament and finished sixth.
He also served three years as head coach at Lamar Community College and stints as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College and Tallahassee Community College.
Baumann attended and played at the University of Idaho, where he became one of the top three-point shooters in school history. He was voted team captain both his junior and senior seasons and received the prestigious Ronald White Award.
He received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Idaho and Masters of Administration and sports management from Columbia Southern University.
UTEP is under the leadership of head coach Tim Floyd who will be entering his seventh season with the team. UTEP finished with a 19-14 record last season and was 10-8 in conference play. They finished sixth in Conference-USA.
Baumann’s junior college signees went on to play at Auburn (Archie Miaway), Charlotte (JC Washington), Cincinnati (Kareem Johnson and Octavius Ellis), East Carolina (Corey Farmer and Clarence Williams), Fresno State (Quinton Hosley), Gonzaga (Abdullahi Kuso), Iowa State (Jhaustin Thomas), Kansas State (Janerio Spurlock), Louisiana Tech (Marcelle Davis, Lavelle Felton and Michael Wilder), Memphis (Geron Johnson), Middle Tennessee (Trevor Ottley), New Mexico State (Supo Jegede), North Texas (Richard Thomas), Purdue (Jon Octeus), Stephen F. Austin (Leon Gilmore), Texas A&M (LaKeith Blanks), UAB (Will Campbell), UCF (Lavelle Payne) and Wyoming (Thomas Manzano), among numerous Division I schools.
Posted by : July 20, 2016| On :
By Ryan Moulds
Posted by : July 15, 2016| On :
The Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is putting more suspected drug offenders in jail.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said his office arrested two more suspects on drug charges June 14.
Jerry Wayne Morris was arrested July 14 in Cherokee Shores after a traffic stop was conducted and he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamines.
On July 13, Investigator Kay Langford and Investigator Brad Beddingfield arrested Tommy Joe Walker on Hwy 31 West in Athens. He too was charged with possession of suspected methamphetamines.
“We’ve conducted house raids in the middle of the night, day-long stake outs, stops by the roadside, and all that is leading to arrests in the campaign against illegal drugs,” Hillhouse said.
Since taking office at the beginning of June, 20 drug users or dealers have been arrested.
“And it will not stop until those folks realize they need to take their illegal business elsewhere,” he said. “Because the simple fact is I will not tolerate illegal drugs in any amount, large or small, in my county.”
Posted by : July 15, 2016| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank City Council discussed business ranging from possible employee insurance changes, conditions to join Kaufman County’s 9-1-1 system and listening to resident concerns during their July 12 meeting in downtown Mabank.
The meeting’s intensity hit its height during the council’s discussion on joining Kaufman County’s 9-1-1 system. While the system is primed to become one of the best in East Texas, joining is not without its financial complications. The council’s unanimous opinion is the $36,950 cost of joining the 9-1-1 system is too steep compared to the City of Mabank’s population size.
When discussion ended, Councilman Larry Teague summed up the council’s thoughts.
“For us to join the system we would need 100 percent participation from every city in the county and the cost scaled based on our population,” Teague said. “We want our residents to pay the same price per person as any other city.”
Mayor Jeff Norman agreed. “If every city is in and paying their part, then Mabank is in. But the numbers have to be right.”
The council agreed to table the issue until they can meet with the Kaufman County lawyers representing the 9-1-1 system and communicate their concerns.
City Manager Bryant Morris spoke with The Monitor after discussing the council’s concerns with the Kaufman lawyers. He said they are “redoing the contract to be more favorable for smaller cities,” but won’t have numbers to report until next week. Norman said the more cities that agree to pay into the 9-1-1 system, the better deal and more affordable it will be for everyone.
“We understand we will have one of the greatest 9-1-1 services around,” Morris said. “But we want to be responsible and be good stewards of the taxpayer money.”
In other agenda items, the council took no action after a lengthy presentation and discussion with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company to discuss insurance options for city employees.
“Our budget is coming up soon, and we will discuss these matters then,” Norman said.
The council did take action agreeing to pay Star Transit $260 a month in financial assistance. Star Transit is a service that helps Kaufman County residents commute across the county anywhere from Terrell to Mabank. The council’s unanimous agreement with Star Transit was conditional pending verification that the deal’s length is no longer than one year.
Council members also took the time to listen to a disgruntled resident that is unhappy with the amount of traffic flowing through his neighborhood from the local schools.
Gary Fulfter lives on Kempner street between the Mabank ISD administration building and Central Elementary. He says during peak traffic hours his “road becomes a freeway,” and asked the council to help put it to a stop.
Mayor Norman told Fulfer he would look into asking Mabank ISD Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall to get some flyers out to the children to take home, but added that two council members have homes on Kempner Street and have no complaints about the traffic situation.