All Saints boys basketball will have a new coach next year, but it will have a familiar look.
Following coach Gary Surratt’s resignation as head basketball coach on Wednesday, Trojans athletic director and JV coach Eddie Francis announced he would take over at the varsity level for his third stint as head coach.
Francis, who coached the All Saints varsity team from 1996-2000 and 2002-2006, was the JV coach the last two years.
“I’m excited about the future of ASES basketball,” Francis said in a release. “Coach Surratt has left the program in great shape.”
Surratt will remain at All Saints as Intermediate and Middle School Dean of Students and will continue to coach basketball at the middle school level, Francis said. Surratt led the Trojans to a district title in 2007 and the final four in 2010.
“During his years at ASES, his teams not only enjoyed incredible success, they represented our school with honor, class and dignity,” Francis said. “Coach Surratt is the consummate professional, an excellent Christian role model and a mentor to everyone in our school and athletic program.
“I’m glad he will continue to be part of our school and basketball program and look forward to working with him as we build our basketball program to be the best it can be.”
Surratt has coached basketball for 35 years, including stops at Mount Enterprise, Hemphill, Lindale, Huntsville, Carthage and Crowley. He’s amassed more than 650 wins to go with two UIL state championships: Huntsville in 1979 and Crowley in 1999.
In 1999, Surratt was named Class 4A Coach of the Year by the Texas Sportswriters Association and by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He was named into the Crowley Coaches Hall of Honor in 2004 and selected as Coach of the Year by in 1993 by the Longview newspaper.
Francis led the Trojans JV squad to a 20-1 record and a TAPPS 2-4A championship this past season. In his previous stints as All Saints head coach, the Trojans won four district titles and qualified for the playoffs in eight of the nine years. Twice All Saints reached the regional finals under Francis’ tenure (1999 and 2003) and Francis was named district Coach of the Year four times.
All Saints went 17-15 in 2011-2012, finishing one spot out of the playoffs in fifth place in TAPPS 2-4A.