Thorndale, Milano hire familiar hoop faces
Thorndale hired alumnus John Kovar to become its new basketball coach, while Milano followed suit, tapping alum Jacob Dent as its new hoops coach.
And in a surprise move, former Rockdale basketball coach Dusty Loewe will become Dent’s assistant.
Kovar, 37, takes over for Doug Franklin who resigned to follow his wife—a Rockdale junior high teacher—to a new job in the Kingwood area.
Frank lin was an assistant before replacing long-time Bulldog coach and athletic director Jeff Lieberman, who led Thorndale to back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008.
Franklin was 91- 52 in five seasons with two playoff appearances. The Bulldogs were 16-8 last season and bumped out of the first round of the playoffs.
“John is a quality person, as well as a quality coach,” said Thorndale Athletic Director Brent Brevard. “He has a great reputation in the area, and we are thrilled to have him. He played for Jeff Lieberman here in Thorndale and brings a lot of knowledge and experience to our basketball program.”
Kovar, a 1995 Thorndale grad, does have head coaching experience when he was at Lexington before moving to Rockdale.
He led Lexington to a state championship in track in 2005.
Kovar, who at tended Sam Houston, has been in Rockdale for the past seven years and last year Kovar worked at the junior high level. He was previously the Tigers’ offensive coordinator in football and varsity assistant in basketball.
He has also made stops in Huntsville, Shepherd and New Waverly.
Kovar had been hired as the head football coach at Normangee last March, but resigned less than two months later after conflicts with the school board.
Dent is a 2005 Milano graduate and was a standout for Milano under Alvie King and a first-team all-district performer.
He is replacing Brad Jones who stepped aside to concentrate on principal duties after one season as coach.
Dent, 26, comes to Milano from the Gause ISD where he was athletic director.
He also has made coaching stops in Austin and Normangee and is a Texas A&M graduate.
Dent takes over a Milano program that has posted a 109-21 record in the past four years with three district titles and made two consecutive trips to the regional finals.
Loewe returns to the sidelines after a year absence having retired after the 2011-12 season.
Loewe accumulated 498 wins in his 34-year career.
Loewe does have some Milano ties, his father was a coach there in the early 1950s and his mother was a graduate of Milano.
Lauren Robertson has been named the new Rockdale softball coach.
Robertson comes from Brookshire Royal and has an extensive playing background in both high school and college.
“She is dynamite,” said Rockdale Athletic Director Jeff Miller. “She is a good one. Our goal is to always get the best coach possible and we feel like we have done that with her.”
Robertson is from Spring and played collegiately at the University of Houston.
She has also coached in nearby Lexington.
Robertson replaces Amanda Keen who returned to Abilene after three years in Rockdale.
Keen, who was 49-26, led the Lady Tigers to their first district championship since 2006.