Garrett leaving Marlow

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Apr 10, 2013 - 5:24:20 PM

ON THE WAY OUTThe Davis School District had a particular person in mind when they began a search for a new high school boys’ basketball coach. Unfortunately for Marlow, the coach they wanted was John Garrett, the coach of the Outlaws’ basketball team.
“It was a family decision, and it was a really, really tough one,” Garrett said. “But with my wife being from Coalgate, and being that much closer to her family, is kind of a plus.
“It’s a good opportunity for me, but it is going to be a project, that is for sure.”
Davis finished last season with a 7-13 record.
It is not, however, something Garrett has not had to deal with before. When he took over the Outlaw program in 2010, the team was coming off a 3-21 season. He went 3-21 in his first season, followed by a 6-18 record in 2011-12.
Garrett enjoyed his most successful season at Marlow this past season when the Outlaws went 14-11, including advancing to the final of the Stephens County Tournament for the first time since 2002. The Outlaws were knocked out of  the regional tournament by Lindsay.
It was the first winning record posted by the Marlow boys since going 16-10 in the 2005-06 season. He finishes his Marlow career with a 23-50 record.
Garrett said the change happened quickly.
“I really wasn’t looking to leave, but they called me and talked me into coming to interview,” Garrett said. “They had not started a search yet, and I was the first person they had interviewed. They had no other interviews scheduled and they offered me the job later on that day.”
Garrett will also be coaching golf.
Davis plays in Class 3A in basketball, the same classification as Marlow, but the Wolves play in Class 2A in football.
“They are kind of right on the bubble of the classifications,” Garrett said.
Davis has a high school enrollment of just over 250 compared to approximately 350 at MHS.
“Just walking around campus, it is a smaller campus than Marlow, and it has that small school feel to it,” Garrett said. “I know some of the people in that area too, so that played a part in the decision.”
Garrett said it was hard telling his team he was leaving, but it is not like he will be leaving a team in disarray for the next Marlow boys’ coach.
Besides taking over a team with a winning record, the next coach will have the luxury of having five players that started at least part of last season, including Zac Beasler, Wes Coast, Kirby Neufeld, Nathan Crowson, and Braeden O’Dell.
Marlow Superintendent George Coffman said he is beginning the search for a new coach immediately. The Davis School Board did not have their April meeting until the day after Marlow’s board meeting. Davis voted to hire Garrett, but Coffman will not have to wait until the May meeting to officially begin a search.
“He turned in his resignation (Wednesday) morning,” Coffman said. “I don’t have to wait for the school board to accept the resignation. I wouldn’t want to start a search for a basketball coach in May.”

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