Head coaching changes for all sports in Wichita Falls area

Krataura Buckner was comfortable in her position as Hirschi’s headgirl basketball coach. Maybe too comfortable.

Buckner decided to step out of her comfort zone when she accepted the same position at Naaman Forest High School in Garland, leaving her hometown to lead a Class 6A program.

“I had a few good years at Hirschi. Hirschi treated me with the utmost respect,” said Buckner, who graduated from Wichita Falls High in 1999. “(Hirschi director) Doug Albus has been great to me. I’ve worked under two great sports coordinators. Danny Youngs hired me and gave me a chance, and (Antonio) Wiley let me grow and run the girls’ program.

“I know (coach Lawrence) Johnson would have given me the opportunity to finish it at Hirschi, but I felt like it was time to grow at another school.”

Buckner exits Hirschi after six seasons, scoring an 84-96 record. The Lady Huskies made the postseason in each of their seasons, winning a district title in 2019. The Lady Huskies went 15-17 last season.

The decision to leave her hometown was a difficult decision for Buckner.

“It was a difficult decision, especially with the five girls who just graduated. They’ve been with me since they were in eighth grade,” Buckner said. “I’ve gotten into a routine here. My mom is here and friends I grew up with. It makes you feel good and that was one of the things I had to think about.

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