Dalleh resigns as Early boys basketball coach, takes same job at Coleman

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Dalleh resigns as Early boys basketball coach, takes same job at Coleman

EARLY — Early Longhorns basketball head coach Nadir Dalleh resigned Thursday and has accepted the same position with District 6-2A rival Coleman.

Dalleh took over an Early program that posted a 4-25 record during the 2011-12 campaign and led the Longhorns to the playoffs and a 33-27 overall record in his two seasons as head coach, including a 19-9 mark during the 2013-14 campaign.

“I just think it’s time for a new opportunity for me,” Dalleh said. “I have a couple of colleagues that work on the Coleman staff that I have been in contact with and I feel it’s the right time to make a change.

“It’s really hard to leave Early. I’ve been here nine years and the last two years as the head basketball coach. The support that the administration and the community have given me is something that I will always be grateful for.”

Dalleh, a 1993 Brownwood High School graduate, played basketball for and later graduated from Howard Payne in 1998. He then served as the HPU sports information director before beginning his coaching career in 2004. Dalleh has coached at both Brownwood and Early.

“Probably the proudest moment at Early is making playoff appearances in my first two years as a head basketball coach in one of the toughest districts around for basketball,” Dalleh said. “Early has a great group of kids and to be able to share those experiences with them is something I will never forget and hopefully they won’t either.

“We went from just having a handful of parents in the stands watching the games to people from not only our community, but surrounding communities as well attending our games and filling the stands. I’m very proud to have been able to coach at Early High School. There is still a good foundation for Early basketball to succeed.”