Last month, former McMurry head basketball coach Chris Beard left the Warhawk post after just a single season. While he left an impressive record on the court, off it, the abrupt coaching vacancy left behind stunned administration and players alike.
"Its difficult for the kids when a coach comes for a year and leaves, there's no doubt," assistant AD and women’s basketball head coach Veronica Snow told KTXS at the time of Beard’s resignation.
"I was just very surprised and shocked,” junior guard Kaylim Noel told KTXS a month ago, “I thought [Coach Beard] was just calling us in to talk about academics and finishing out the season strong and he hit us with how he's leaving. We have to see who we bring in here, what's his philosophy and vision for the program."
And just 26 days later, the Warhawk family has their new man, Clif Carroll. Carroll was introduced for the first time as a head coach early Wednesday and knows exactly what is expected of him.
"One thing Coach Kimbrell wanted to know was are you going to stay?" AD Ron Holmes summed up the feelings of the Warhawk family at Coach Carroll’s introduction.
"Ask my mother," Carroll joked as the crowd in McMurry’s sports annex burst into laughter.
The mood was light-hearted but the fact remains that Clif Carroll is McMurry’s fourth new head coach in four years. Though he spoke highly of McMurry’s basketball tradition, one-and-done is a recent practice Coach Carroll plans to put to an end.
"I'm staying, I'm here,” Coach Carroll explained, “I grew up about two hours from here so I'm a small town guy. It's a great community, great school so I want to raise my family here."