Athletic director Joe Gillespie announced the addition of coaches to Stephenville’s staff and one head coach promotion during his speech at the Chamber of Commerce Sunrise Scrambler at Newman Hall Friday morning.

Among the new hires are a past Stephenville assistant and an alumnus from the school’s last state championship football team, while assistant Joe Carter was promoted to head boys soccer coach.

Carter, who has served four years on staff at SISD, is replacing Yancey Cashell, who was promoted to the head soccer position in the spring before deciding over the summer to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Stacey Smith spent one season leading the program before leaving the school.

Stephenville has reached the soccer playoffs each of the last 10 seasons. Because the UIL sponsors just two classifications of soccer, it is the lone sport in which Stephenville remains 4A.

Longtime assistant coach Patti Williams will be back on the bench for the Honeybee volleyball program and will also assist with girls softball.

“There are a lot of similarities between this year’s team and our state championship team in 2003,” said head volleyball coach Fran Metzger during her time on the podium at the Sunrise Scrambler. “We had several starters back that year, and we do this year, and I had (Williams) on the bench with me, and now she’s back again. I just hope it ends as well as it did then.”

Williams has taught at Granbury since leaving Stephenville.

Jessie Fanning was on the Yellow Jackets’ 1999 state championship football team and is coming home from Crandall to assist Carter with boys soccer and also coach football at Henderson Junior High.

Landie Thompson is the new girls basketball assistant coach and will direct the junior varsity team. The Lake Travis native will also assist with high school girls track and field.

Becca Kimbler, a Brownwood native, will assist with volleyball, girls basketball and girls track and field at HJH.

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