It didn’t take long for the Moore School District to find its men. A month after beginning the search for baseball coaches at Moore and Southmoore high schools, both positions were filled Monday night at the Moore School Board meeting.
The Lions’ new skipper is Tony Borum, who had been the 8th grade head baseball and football coach at Carl Albert Middle School before accepting the new position. He also has coaching experience at Southeast and Douglass.
Borum is replacing David Hinckley, who was suspended indefinitely by the Moore School District while being investigated. He later retired from his post after 35 years, according to district athletic director Carl Franks.
“Hinckley has resigned his coaching and teaching position,” Franks said. “He is officially retired.”
When Hinckley was suspended, Moore assistant coach Dean Hodge took over the Lions during the team’s turmoil and led them into the postseason. They were eliminated during regionals, but he had hopes he would have the interim tag removed and be named head coach. It didn’t work out that way for the Moore alum.
Craig Troxell will take over the SaberCats’ baseball team. He leaves Midwest City, where he had been the head coach for a decade. He is coming off a 17-18 record with the Bombers.
“It was a new opportunity,” Troxell said. “Just a lot of growth over here. I was just looking around a little bit. The job came open. I applied, got an interview and got it. Just one of those deals that sometimes, it’s just good to move around. I had been there 10 years and I thought a change for me, personally, was good.”
Troxell is replacing Shannon Enfield, who resigned right before the start of the postseason — a little more than a month ago. Enfield had been the SaberCats’ only coach in the three years the school has been open.
Southmoore ended the 2011 campaign with a 14-22 record before being swept out of the regional tournament. The SaberCats were 5-10 in the Mid-State Conference action.
“We are going to be well-disciplined,” Troxell said. “We are going to be team players. I am not going to reinvent the wheel. Once again, we are going to be ready to go, well-prepared. The guys are going to be well-trained and ready to go.”
Troxell said it was a difficult choice leaving Midwest City, but he said he knew it was time for him to make a move.
“It was a very hard decision,” Troxell said. “I don’t like leaving the kids. That’s the hard part. Everything else, I can deal with. It’s just a new opportunity for me. People make job changes all the time in the corporate world. It was just one of those deals I thought it was time to move, thought it was time to make a change.”