Bishop Gorman has a new girls basketball coach, one who expects to rebuild the program that dominated East Texas as recently as 2013 and stick around for awhile.
Andy Lauby was hired recently to take over the Lady Crusaders, replacing Raef Wall after one year in charge.
"I'm very excited about it, very humbled, honored to be a part of the T.K. Gorman family," Lauby said Wednesday.
Lauby met with players Tuesday night and said he was impressed with the players, parents and administrative system in place.
"I feel he's a good fit for our program," TKG athletic director Rod Kaspar said.
The Lady Crusaders won the last of five straight district titles in 2013 but have struggled since, in part due to the graduation of star Michelle Obach and the departure of coach Katie Robertson (now Katie Milner).
"We have to get the tradition back up from when Katie was there," Kaspar said. "I felt he was the right guy to take the reins and lead us that way."
Then-athletic director Jeff Smith coached TKG for one year before Wall took over for the 2014-15 season with a young Lady Crusaders squad.
Lauby will be the Lady Crusaders' fourth head coach in as many years.
"I'm just real excited," Kaspar said. "I think he's the stability we need in the program and I look forward to him being there for a long time."
Lauby himself hopes to rebuild the program and stick around long enough to see the benefits, something he missed out on after leaving previous programs that he had turned around.
"The only regret I had in my previous coaching life is I didn't stick around at the schools," Lauby said.
Lauby formerly coached boys at O'Neill St. Mary's High School in Nebraska, a school of similar size to Gorman, as well as at Lewis Central in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
After stepping away from the coaching ranks and moving to East Texas with his family, Lauby said he's eager to get back into basketball after his son graduated from Big Sandy High School and is headed to Lincoln, Nebraska, to be the Cornhuskers' men's basketball student manager, a position once held by his father.
"The most exciting thing is just the teaching," Lauby said. "I'm addicted to the game of basketball. The games are the test but the fun parts for me are the scouting and practices."
Lauby will have a chance to face the coach that brought Gorman's most recent success. Milner was hired to lead the All Saints program in May after a two-year coaching hiatus.
That first meeting could come in the Brookshire Classic at All Saints in the first week of December, a tournament Milner won three times with the Lady Crusaders.
"I know she did a great job when she was there but that's in the past," Kaspar said. "We're going to look forward to the future."