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SCHMIDT TO TAKE HELM OF LADY PIRATE BASKETBALL
Steven Schmidt was named the new head coach of the Lady Pirate basketball team at Granbury High School following the official appointment by the Granbury ISD Board of Trustees on April 14, 2014.
With 24 years in education and 19 years as a head girls basketball coach, Schmidt is currently the head basketball coach and girls athletic director in Eastland, where he has worked since 2011. He previously coached in Argyle, leading his team to the state championship in 2006 and to the state title game again in 2009. The Lady Eagles also were regional finalists in 2007 and regional semi-finalists in 2008.
“Coach Schmidt has an impressive career record including numerous district championships, playoff appearances, and three trips to the state championship game as well as a strong work ethic to continue a great tradition here in Granbury,” commented GISD athletic director Dwight Butler. “We welcome Coach Schmidt and his family, and I know he will be successful with the support of our high school and community.”
The new Granbury coach began his career at Tulia High School in 1990 as the head cross country coach and as an assistant coach for both the high school and middle school basketball and track teams. The Lady Hornets won the state championship in 1991. He later served as head coach in Clarendon and Pampa before moving to Argyle, posting district championships and playoff appearances in many of those years.
Schmidt was named the Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association in 2006, when he also had the honor of coaching one of the association’s all-star teams. He twice received the Greater Denton Sports Commission’s Coach of the Year award. In addition, Schmidt has worked as a clinician for the state association as well as universities and high schools.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1990. While in college, he was collegiate track athlete and was the conference record-holder in the 800-meter run.
Schmidt will succeed the legendary Leta Andrews, who is ending her coaching career that spans 51 years and includes 1,416 wins. Andrews, who holds the record as the winningest high school basketball coach ever, announced her retirement in February following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.
For the job search, Butler enlisted the aid of TGCA executive director Sam Tipton and retired coach Dan Weese, who both helped gather potential candidates and then narrow the list to several highly talented coaches.
“Replacing a living legend at a school can become an impossible task. Coach Andrews leaves behind a legacy of being the winningest high school basketball coach in the nation, but she also built a basketball program at Granbury High School that ranks as one of the top programs in Texas,” stated Tipton. “I believe the hiring of Steve Schmidt enables Granbury to continue on the path of success in a professional manner. Coach Schmidt has exemplified, through his success, the traits needed to uphold and build on the foundation established. He is considered one of the top young basketball coaches in the state.”
In all, 52 individuals from throughout the United States submitted applications for the position. Six candidates were interviewed by a district committee before the final selection was made to recommend Schmidt to school board trustees.
- 2/17/2014: Coach Leta Andrews Announces Retirement