“Mike has been at Granbury as Leta Andrew’s first assistant coach for several years, and has been to her like Steve Wood has been for me, [an integral coach in the program].”
Coach Andrews, dubbed the “nation’s winningest coach,” has depended on Pinkerton at a high level in the Lady Pirates’ program, in both game preparation and in-game coaching, learning much about running a basketball program in the process.
Coincidently, Pinkerton has a past connection to Aledo’s former coach beyond just coaching in the same district.
“I didn’t know it until the second interview phase [with Pinkerton], but he and Rusty went to Grandview High School together,” Buchanan said. “Rusty went on to play basketball in college and Mike was a collegiate track athlete.”
Aledo hopes the associative parallels will continue, as Pinkerton takes over a talented Ladycats team for the 2013-14 season.
While fortunate that only one head coaching slot needed filling, Aledo had other areas to address in the assistant coaching ranks. And while Buchanan will net one less football coach with Johnson’s departure, he is happy with the finds he made with other replacements.
“We lost a couple of varsity assistants and a junior varsity assistant in football,” he said. “But we picked up some good coaches, a couple who are returning to Aledo.”
Assistant Greg Wright retired and will be replaced by Billy Mathis.
“Billy played for me during my first three years at Aledo,” Coach Buck said. “He had also previously coached for us a few years and went to work in the oil and gas business for a while.
“He eventually got back into coaching and has been the offensive coordinator at Godley the past couple of years under Randy Brawner (who also used to coach at Aledo). Part of the reason Billy rejoined us was he wanted to come back home.”