HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Botard takes Nocona boys’ post

By ERIC VICCARO
bnewssports@gmail.com

The revolving door in and out of the Nocona boys’ basketball program continued this offseason.
Bret Botard, most recently the head coach at Palestine, has been tabbed as the new coach for the Indians.
Botard replaces Tyson Mankin, who was placed on leave during the spring. This will mark the third coach in three seasons for Nocona as J.D. Mayo served in the same capacity in 2013-14.
“I think first and foremost, it’s the community,” said Botard, of what drew him to the Nocona opening. “The town and the people support basketball, and coach (Brad) Keck was a selling point for the job. He wants to make sure all sports are successful.”
Botard was an all-district basketball player for Del Valle, down in the Austin area, during his junior and senior years. He also was a successful athlete in cross country, distance running in track and field and baseball.
After Del Valle, Botard graduated from Texas Tech in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Botard guided Palestine to a successful season during the 2014-15 campaign, losing in the Conference 4A regional quarterfinals 81-78 to Mexia. The team racked up 18 wins this season.
Meanwhile, Nocona also produced a double-digit win campaign, and finished third in District 3A-9 after losing a seeding game to Holliday. Read more in the weekend Bowie News.

Bret Botard has been named Nocona’s new boys’ basketball coach. Botard most recently worked at Palestine. He watched Nocona compete in the Texas Basketball Championships at Colleyville in late June. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)