Bishop Gorman athletic director Rod Kaspar embarked on a coaching search for new girls and boy basketball head coaches.
His and the search committee’s criteria were to find coaches with youthful enthusiasm, drive and willingness to stick it out to push Gorman basketball to the heights it once enjoyed.
After interviewing numerous prospects, Kaspar and the committee believed their best two choices were already there.
Jennifer Neal and Kevin Murray have been hired as the head varsity girls and boys basketball coaches.
Neal has been serving as Gorman’s eighth-grade girls coach with Murray the varsity boys assistant last season.
“I am real excited to have both of these individuals coaching for us next year,” Kaspar said. “Coach Murray knew (the boys) program and had worked under (Spencer) Denmon. I felt like he was the right hire to keep things progressing at Bishop Gorman.
“On the girls side, Neal played basketball at Gorman and her eighth-grade girls were undefeated. We interviewed other people, but her enthusiasm (shined through).”
The Crusaders went 13-15 last season and 5-2 in district, before being stopped in the bi-district round of the TAPPS 5A boys basketball playoffs.
The Lady Crusaders finished 5-16 (0-6).
Murray graduated from UT Tyler in 2007 before later joining Denman’s staff. Neal is a Gorman graduate who went on to get her degree in education from the University of Mississippi.
“I am pleased to welcome coach Neal and coach Murray as our basketball coaches,” school president Rev. Anthony McLaughlin said in a release. “They have demonstrated their commitment to the mission of our school and their care for our students, and I look forward to them taking our programs to the next level.”