From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
The Mabank Panthers have a new man in charge.
Following the departure of coach Jeff Johnson to the Mesquite Poteet Pirates, the board approved Rod McDaniel as the new head coach.
“We are very excited about the experience he brings to Mabank,” athletic director Jared Wingfield said. “He has been successful at every stop, being a part of turning programs around in a short amount of time.”
Johnson led the Pirates to an 11-16 record and a three-way tie for third in the district at 5-5.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Johnson was formerly an assistant baseball coach at Poteet from 2006 to 2010, when he left to become the head coach at Mabank. Johnson led Mabank to the regional quarterfinals in 2012, the program’s first postseason appearance.
McDaniel comes to Mabank from A&M Consolidated High School where he was an assistant coach in baseball and football.
Wingfield said McDaniel was the perfect fit for the position.
“Our program is not in need of rebuilding so it will be great to see him come in and put his stamp on something that has already been established,” Wingfield said. “Our kids in Mabank deserve the best coaches and we are very fortunate to have found a coach of his caliber and character.”
McDaniel is married to to his wife, Melissa and they have three kids — one of which will be his daughter, Bailey who will be a senior this fall.