By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
The McKinney Boyd baseball program will have a new man in charge for the first time ever. On Wednesday night, athletic director Don Drake announced that former Lovejoy head coach Brooke Court would be the new head coach at Boyd.
Court replaces Brandon Milam, who started at Boyd when the school opened in 2006. Milam led Boyd to the 5A playoffs in each of the past three seasons but left last month to become an assistant principal in Tatum, which is near his hometown of Carthage.
Court found success in his one season in charge at Lovejoy High School. This past spring, the Leopards went 19-10 and reached the second round of the 3A UIL state playoffs before being eliminated by Argyle.
In 2006, Court was Milam’s varsity assistant at McKinney North when the Bulldogs reached the state tournament, then he spent 2007-2011 as Jim Gatewood’s varsity assistant at North.
When asked about what made Court stand out from the rest of the candidates, Drake spoke about his calm presence and his ability to connect with his players.
“I think there’s a lot of things that go into hiring a head coach. One is a track record of success, which he has been part of a solid track record,” said Drake. “He’s run his own program (too). So I think those are all important things. The overall demeanor of the individual is critical. You’ve got to feel like you hired somebody who can manage kids and get them to play for you (but) at the same time someone who can run a program that, when people view it, they see a team that competes with character and class.”
While no two coaches are ever the same, Drake believes Court has a little bit of Milam’s demeanor and character in him, making the transition to a new head coach pretty easy.
“They have somewhat of the same demeanor,” Drake said. “I think he’s a real think-first, act-second kind of guy. As a head coach I think that’s very important, because reactionary is not always the best thing.”
In terms of assistant coaches, only one of Milam’s two coaches will remain on the Broncos staff. Tommy Sparks will stay on as a varsity assistant, while Tyler Porter took a head coach position at a high school close to Houston last month. Drake said he is looking for a second assistant.
THE BROOKE COURT FILE
Hometown: Oklahoma City
High School Education: Graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School in 1993.
College Education: Graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, in 1998.