BALLINGER- Ballinger ISD hired Coach Michael Barnes as the new Girls Basketball Head Coach for the 2013-2014 school year.

Thursday, March 21, Ballinger ISD Superintendent Will Brewer made the official announcement.

"After reviewing over 40 applicants with experience levels ranging from 1A to 5A schools, and including the collegiate level, Ballinger ISD is pleased with both the number and quality of applicants for the Girls’ Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls’ Basketball position," Brewer said in a statement.

"BISD is proud of the tradition of excellence in girls’ athletics and looks forward to continued success in the future. Ballinger ISD is thrilled to announce Michael Barnes as the Girls’ Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls’ Basketball Coach. We look forward to the excitement and energy that Coach Barnes will bring to Lady Bearcat Athletics and our vision to promote academic excellence in our students."

Barnes is currently the Christoval Lady Cougars Varsity Basketball Coach.

The Lady Cougars finished the season with the District championship, a 17-16 record and 10-2 in district games.

Barnes will be joining the Ballinger High School staff in the summer to start the 2013-2014 school year with the Lady Cats.