Just weeks into his tenure as athletic director, Jason Heath has had a busy month, filling in his roster of coaches after several changes in the off-season. As of the Thursday night trustees meeting, he was able to make official eight new hires that will be hitting the sidelines immediately to prepare for the upcoming seasons.
"We are excited about the coaches we were able to bring in," Heath said. "They all bring something unique to the programs, and they will help us continue to move in the right direction and develop the consistency we are looking for in the girls and boys programs."
Five of the hires came on the boys side, with new head soccer, golf and powerlifting coaches highlighting the list.
Aaron Pratt is coming to Anna from McKinney ISD and is also a club coach within the FC Dallas program. He will replace coach Manual Avila as just the second coach in the history of the boys soccer program and will also be a physical education teacher at Bryant Elementary.
Joining Anna from Sherman will be Curtis Hightower, who will assume the head golf coaching position as well as coaching football and basketball at the middle school level. James Lane is joining Anna from a high school in Frisco and will be the new head powerlifting coach and offensive line coach in addition to his duties as a history coach at the high school.
Chris Anderson is coming from Winnsboro ISD and will be an assistant football and baseball coach, as well as a PE teacher at the middle school.
Joining Anna from Plano Sr. High School will be Jeff Vines. He will assume the position of first assistant basketball coach and middle school football coach.
Heath also announced the hiring of a new girls athletic coordinator and basketball coach. Grant Bergman will be joining Anna after an eight year stint in McKinney to take that position.
Carla Bartlett will be the new head softball coach and assistant volleyball coach. She is coming to Anna from Diboll ISD. Bartlett has an impressive college career resume from her collegiate career at Tarleton.
Returning to Anna to be a coach at the middle school will be Cheyenne Motley, who was a coach at AMS but took a year off to pursue a career in a different field.