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Hunt for men's basketball coach ongoing, McMurry AD sifting through candidates

By Mike Skow, mskow@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 25 2013 09:22:03 PM CDT
National champion McMurry University track team honored

McMurry University Athletic Director Ron Holmes praised members of the War Hawks' NCAA Division III national championship track team.

Photos by Brandon Ortega

ABILENE, Texas -

McMurry's Athletic Director is simply no stranger to hiring a men's head basketball coach. He found one just ten months ago.

But last week, Chris Beard announced his resignation and move to take the same job at Angelo St.

"You never get used to it. Or you never *want to get used to it, but we've been really blessed. They've averaged 20 wins a year and 2 NCAA playoffs," Ron Holmes said.

Beard led the team to a 19-10 record in his one season, adding to the long tradition of excellence for McMurry Men's Basketball. Between the three head coaches in the last three years, Matt Garnett from 2010-11 and JD Isler from 2011-12, the War Hawks are averaging 20 wins per season.

Since the sudden resignation last week, Holmes said interest in the job has been through the roof.

"My phone blew up on Friday and Saturday and Sunday. And I'm in there now going through resumes, and we have some very strong candidates that are interested in this job.We'll find someone that can come in and evaluate the kids. That'll be part of the application process, or they're interviewing us."

Holmes did not give an immediate time table for finding Beard's replacement.