BANGS — Bangs athletic director and head football coach Jim P. Bird recently revealed the new hires for the coaching staffs of the Dragons and Lady Dragons the 2016-17 school year.
Lori Eason, the Lady Dragons volleyball coach, will remain in that same capacity while Keith Meador, a baseball assistant last year, has been promoted to head baseball coach for the second time.
New arrivals include Kenneth Prescott, who will serve as girls basketball head coach, a track assistant and a junior high volleyball coach. Prescott, a graduate of Goldthwaite High School and Texas A&M University, previously coached at Moody from 2012-16. During the 2015-16 season, Prescott led the Moody girls to their most wins in a single-season in school history. Prescott and his wife Kesi, who will teach high school math, have two daughters ages 1 and 3.
Damon Wilson, most recently at Blanket, will take over as the head cross country coach and head girls track coach, along with serving as an assistant for girls basketball. Wilson has coached both girls and boys athletics, served as a girls coordinator and been a high school principal. Wilson has a sophomore son and freshman daughter who will attend Bangs.
Beau Burnett will take over as Lady Dragons softball head coach while also serving as a football assistant and junior high basketball coach. His wife, Barbara Burnett, has been hired an as assistant for volleyball and softball and as a junior high basketball coach as well.
The Burnetts have compiled 30 years of softball coaching at the high school and college levels, along with football, basketball, track and volleyball experience at the high school level. The couple graduated from Southwest Oklahoma State University where Beau played defensive back in football and Barbara was a third baseman on the softball team. From 2002-10, the duo coached at Woodville, Seymour, Channelview, and Summer Creek high schools, earning three district championships, a regional quarterfinal championship, and a semifinal appearance in softball.
In 2011, the Burnetts were hired as head softball coach and assistant head coach at Independence Community College, which played in the NJCAA regional Cchampionship twice and made the regional tournament all three years. Most recently, the Burnetts were at NCAA Division II Southwest Oklahoma State University for two seasons. They have a daughter, 10, and a son, 6.
Phillip Devanney, a recent hire to teach junior high science, was chosen to lead the Bangs ISD tennis program thanks to a coaching background in the sport.
Joining the Dragons staff as an assistant football and assistant baseball coach, along with serving as a junior high basketball coach, is Logan Galloway. Galloway is a first-year coach and 2011 graduated of Groveton High School. Galloway was a first-team all-district infielder in baseball and offensive lineman in football while at Groveton. He graduated from Sam Houston State.
Jim E. Bird, father of the Bangs athletic director and head football coach, will serve as offensive line coach in football and as an assistant coach in track.
Bird brings 43 years of high school coaching experience to Bangs. A 1967 graduate of Clifton High School, he went on to play football at Abilene Christian University. Bird’s coaching career began at China Spring in 1970 and in 1978, at age 29, he was promoted to head coach/athletic and the Cougars went on to win the Class A state title. China Spring returned to the title game in 1979.
In 1982, Bird became the defensive coordinator of the Groveton Indians. In 1983, the Indians played for the Class 2A state championship. The Indians returned to the championship game in 1984 in which they defeated Panhandle at Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood. Bird would go on to become the head coach at Lovelady and Troup before returning to Groveton in 1993 as the defensive coordinator. The Indians returned to the state finals in 1996, finishing 15-1.
Over his career, Bird has coached baseball (two state tournament appearances), softball, track, basketball and tennis.
Preseason workouts for all fall sports at Bangs begin Aug. 1.