Elsewhere, Jim Verden makes the long trip across state after leaving Wheeler High School in the Panhandle for Pottsboro in the northeast Texas region. Verden served for 10 seasons as coach of the Mustangs, leading them to four straight state semifinals and two championship games. He leaves a Class A program that will be moving to six-man this fall for a Class 3A school. Verden graduated from Wheeler in 1977 and notched an 80-46 record in his time there. He had previously coached at Hutto and was an assistant at Katy Taylor and Texarkana Texas High.
Mike Sorenson, who guided Class 3A Tatum to the playoffs in three of his four years at the school, has resigned as coach of the Eagles. He compiled a 28-17 record at the East Texas school, and prior to Tatum spent two years as head coach at Malakoff. He had also served as an assistant at Cameron Yoe, Freeport Brazosport, Ennis and Red Oak.
Billy Edwards is the new coach at Class 2A Sadler S&S Consolidated. Edwards comes to S&S after serving as linebackers coach for North Mesquite. He replaces Stephen DuBose, who moved on to head coach at Overton after leading S&S the previous nine years. Edwards has also served as an athletic director at Little Elm from 1994-98 and at Venus from 1998-2003.