Carroll ISD has named Eric McDade as its new varsity boys’ basketball coach. McDade will take over the Dragon program in August.
“We are very excited about Eric McDade and what he will bring to Carroll ISD,” Carroll Athletic Director Kevin Ozee said. “Coach McDade has a tremendous and successful background in coaching basketball. He is a great classroom teacher and his ability to build positive relationships with his students is a top priority to him. Eric is also a Capturing Kids’ Hearts trainer and he will be a very positive role model for our student-athletes. ”
McDade, 38, takes over the Dragon program after spending the last three years at Duncanville High School. McDade led the tradition-rich Panthers to the playoffs all three seasons after replacing legendary coach Phil McNeely. McDade’s career record is 270-159 and his teams have reached the playoffs in 12 of his 13 years as a head coach.
“I am extremely thrilled to have this opportunity,” McDade said. “My family and I are looking forward to being part of this outstanding school district and community. I look forward to getting to know the players and them getting to know me. It should be a lot of fun.”
Before his post at Duncanville, McDade led Mansfield Timberview to the Class 4A state tournament in the 2008-2009 season and started the program when the school opened in 2004. His first head coach position was in 1999 at Crowley. McDade, who has coached for 17 years, played collegiately at Concordia University in Austin and was an All-Conference and Academic All-American selection. The Denison native also served as an assistant at Round Rock McNeil, A&M Consolidated and Cleburne. McDade and his wife Janet have two sons, Bryson (9) and Braylen (7).
McDade replaces Jon Youngblood who resigned as coach in March after five years.
Carroll ISD has hired Corey Aldridge as the new Dragon varsity tennis coach. Aldridge takes over the program after serving as an assistant at Carroll since 2005. Aldridge replaces Norm Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years as a tennis head coach and the past eight with the Dragons. The position oversees the boys’ and girls’ teams.
“We are very excited that Corey Aldridge will take over for Coach Norm Smith upon his retirement at the end of the school year,” Carroll Athletic Director Kevin Ozee said. “The hiring committee interviewed several highly-decorated tennis coaches and unanimously chose Corey to lead the program. Coach Smith has done a tremendous job mentoring Corey and it is always great when we can promote a long-time Dragon who knows our kids, our program, and our community. Corey’s enthusiasm, knowledge of tennis, and love for the Dragon Nation really came through during the interview process.”
Aldridge, 34, has worked alongside Smith the past eight years after teaching and coaching in Ennis ISD. During that time, the Dragons have produced multiple Class 5A state qualifiers, including two last spring. Aldridge has coached tennis since 1998 after graduating from Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.), where he was a member of the tennis program.
“I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and am excited about the future of our program,” Aldridge said. “I’d like to thank CISD and the community of Southlake for allowing me be a part of this storied program.”
Smith will officially retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.