New head coach hired

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Madisonville has hired Chris Reid as the varsity boys' head basketball coach, Athletic Director Rusty Nail announced on Tuesday. Reid will replace coach Brian Thurmond who compiled over 200 wins during his tenure at the helm of the program.

“Chris will bring not only a great basketball and football mind to our program, but is a tremendous role model and mentor for our student-athletes and our young coaches,” said Nail in a statement following the hire.

Reid, a former collegiate athlete and graduate of Wilberforce University, comes to Madisonville after a four-year stint at Groesbeck ISD, where he took the Goats from a two-win season to a 19 win season by his third year as head coach.

Reid, a Dallas native, got his start in coaching as an assistant under longtime Rowlett High head coach Stan Blackmon.

“[Blackmon] coached me in high school and when I returned to Rowlett to teach he offered me an assistant coaching position,” Reid said. “I learned so much from coach Blackmon, he was an outstanding mentor and really gave me an opportunity to learn.”

The 36-year-old inherits a team that finished 21-13 last season and graduates three seniors but the Mustangs have a solid core returning, including Tommy Holiday, Kasey Williamson, Nick Porter and three-point shooting ace Sam Bennett; and while it may take time to get acclimated to a new team and coaching staff, Reid and his family are excited about the opportunity.

“Three things attracted me to Madisonville, one, was the community, and the school as a whole. Two, were all the great things I had heard about Rusty Nail,” Reid said.

“I have a great working relationship with my current AD and wanted to be somewhere similar in that regard. And third, was basketball. Madisonville has had a long established basketball program and I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of that tradition.”

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