LISD hires new Executive Director of Athletics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/14/10

LISD hires new Executive Director of Athletics

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - During the Thursday Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Mark Ball was named Executive Director of Athletics.

Ball is currently the athletic director in Wylie ISD. He was the Wylie head football coach and athletic director from 1997- 2006, but since 2006 has focused all of his time as athletic director for the 5-A Wylie district. Ball has also been head football coach and athletic director in Lake Travis ISD, Whitesboro ISD and Graham ISD.

Dr. Karen Garza, LISD superintendent said of the new hire, "There is little more important in a school district than selecting personnel. We appreciate the community for being patient as we went through the process to find just the right person for this athletic director position. We have found a very good match in hiring Mark Ball."

Ball has won numerous awards including the UIL District Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003; the Collin County Coach of the Year in 2002, and the U S Army Teamwork Award in 1992. His teams have advanced to the state play-offs in football, men's and women's basketball, softball and baseball. In 2008, Wylie ISD advanced to the state finals in football and won the first district championship in men's track in school history.

Ball has been an active community volunteer and is also a member of several professional organizations including: the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas Girls Coaches Association, Association of Texas Professional Educators and the National Football Foundation. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas Wesleyan University. Ball is married and has three children.

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