While sports fans may be tuned into the NCAA tournament, a local college is hoping to create a basketball buzz of its own.
Officials with Texas A&M University-Texarkana are hoping adding new men’s and women’s basketball teams will be a slam dunk for the campus.
“I’ve seen enough great programs and I’ve seen enough not very good programs to know that this is one of those that could stick,” said Kevin Dobbs the head coach for the women’s team. “And, that’s why I’m here.”
School officials introduced the new head coaches for both teams Monday.
“It’s really great to be able to put your stamp on the program and really make it your own,” said Charles Goar, the head coach for the men’s team.
The coaches are starting from the ground up with their recruitment efforts.
“You know, I’ve never been in this situation where the cupboard’s bare,” said Dobbs.
“We want to recruit quality students, talented basketball players and people the city can be proud of,” said Goar.
The teams serving as a recruitment tool for not only ball players, but the student body as a whole, as well.
“Basketball is kind of an attention-grabbing sport,” said Dobbs. “All sports are hard-working and certainly take a lot of dedication, but basketball tends to put a school on the map.”
So that in fall 2019, the Eagles will be soaring up and down the court.
“The idea is to get a commodity, a product that the city will really embrace and the city will want to come out to see,” said Goar.
Texas A&M University-Texarkana is a part of the Red River Athletic Conference. The school currently has soccer, tennis, baseball and softball teams.