Clear Springs coach moves to Friendswood
While her husband was quickly creating a potential powerhouse football program at Clear Springs over the last three years, Ginger Hartman patiently waited for the right opportunity, and she believes she's found it in Friendswood.
It's the right time and the right job," Hartman said after recently being named girls basketball coach at Friendswood. Knowing Friendswood athletics, their standards are high, and they have a great tradition in all sports, and I'm very excited."
Hartman spent two seasons (2005-07) as a head coach in Seguin, where her husband, Clint Hartman, was the football team's defensive coordinator.
When Clint was tabbed to start a program at Clear Springs, the Hartmans moved, and Ginger has been a Clear Springs girls basketball assistant the past three seasons.
I've enjoyed Clear Springs, but I've been ready to get back to being a head coach," she said. We're where we want to be career wise, and Friendswood football coach-athletic director Steve Van Meter, and all the Friendswood coaches, have already made me feel right at home."
Hartman was able to meet with her new players the last week of school.
Their expectations are high and my expectations are high," she said. I'll continue to get to know them watching summer leagues and during the school's strength and conditioning camp."
The new coach follows former Friendswood coach Kirby Killingsworth, who took all three of her Lady Mustangs squads to the playoffs while compiling 71 total wins.
Killingsworth is Clear Lake's new girls basketball coach and girls athletic coordinator.
Hartman was also a head coach at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Okla. and Tornillo High School near El Paso.
Our style of play will depend on the girls we have," she said. There's three seniors and two starters back, and we also have some underclassmen who moved up for the playoffs."
The Lady Mustangs placed third in District 24-4A last season, and beat Bay City 58-47 and lost to Worthing 59-51 in the playoffs to close at 26-6.
The new 24-4A lineup still includes defending district champion La Marque and fourth-place Manvel, but runner-up Angleton is gone to 23-4A.
It's going to be very competitive," Hartman said. I've watched this district, and La Marque is very good, Manvel gets better and better, and I know Dawson had a great group of freshmen."
Santa Fe, Texas City and new member Ball complete the revamped 24-4A lineup.
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