Midway High School has filled three vacant head coaching positions following approval by the Midway ISD Board of Trustees during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Brad Chasteen, who spent 16 years at Coppell, was named head boys basketball coach and former Belton head baseball coach Eddie Cornblum was named to the same position with the Panthers, according to Midway ISD Athletic Director Brad Shelton.
Panthers assistant boys basketball coach Ben Holder was also appointed head girls coach at the meeting.
The approvals give Midway new head coaches for three sports with recent history of success, as all three teams qualified for the state playoffs during the 2015-16 school year.
Cornblum remains in his former team’s district, taking over a Panthers baseball program that finished 14-16-1 in 2016. He replaces Paul Offill, who is moving into an administration role within the district.
Cornblum was 188-87-1 at Belton, leading the Tigers to five district titles including three in a row from 2013-15. He previously coached at Temple College and Temple High School.
Chasteen returns to the state’s highest classification after coaching at Coppell from 1996-2012, when his teams qualified for the state playoffs 12 times and reached the state tournament in 1999. He replaces Mark Patton, who was 38-29 in two years at Midway and accepted a head coaching position Brazoswood.
Chasteen eclipsed the 500-win mark in 2011, a year before leaving Coppell. He has since coached a Dallas-based team for homeschooled players.
Like Chasteen, Holder takes over a program that just finished its second year under its former coach. He replaces Teresa Durham, who was named head coach at Allen in early June.
Holder is the lone internal hire of the three, having served as an assistant boys coach, as well as an assistant track and field coach at Midway.
Midway will have a slew of new faces in its athletic department for the 2016-17 school year. In February, Midway ISD approved the hiring of football coach Jeff Hulme, who previously coached at Mansfield and replaced now-Allen head coach Terry Gambill.
The board also voted, 6-1, in favor of changing the mascot name of Midway’s girls sports teams from “Pantherettes” to simply “Panthers.”