Just when he thought he was out of coaching, they’ve pulled Tarl Lloyd back in.

Not that he really minds.

Waco ISD has named Lloyd as the new boys’ basketball coach at University High School, giving him his third different stint as the leader of the program. Lloyd succeeds Rodney Smith, his old player and assistant coach, as Smith has taken over duties as University’s head football coach and boys’ athletic campus coordinator.

“It’s kind of funny it worked out this way,” Lloyd said. “When you talk about Rodney Smith, I started at University in 1989 and I think Rodney came over from middle school in 1990 or ’91. He played as a freshman in every game, and Rodney helped change the landscape of University athletics, along with the guys who played alongside him. Then he was my assistant coach during my second time around as coach, and now I’m honored to be following him.”

Lloyd, 64, began his coaching career in Amarillo in 1975 as a high school football and basketball coach.

“I really fell in love with it,” he said. “I had some exellent coaches who guided me and taught me. I had played football, played basketball too, but not to any great extent. But I really fell in love with coaching basketball.”

Lloyd’s first stint as University basketball coach began in ’89 and ran until 2000, and resulted in many of the program’s best seasons in school history. The Trojans reached the state tournament in 1993 and took No. 1-ranked Dallas Lincoln to overtime in the state semis, when Smith connected with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

The crazy thing was, Lloyd said, Smith predicted that University would make state years before.

“When Rodney was in eighth grade I was taking him and another kid to a summer-league game in South Austin,” Lloyd said. “We passed the Frank Erwin Center on our way back and they said, ‘Hey, coach, what’s that building?’ I said, ‘That’s the Erwin Center, that’s where the UT girls and boys play, and it’s where the state basketball tournament is played. They said, ‘Wow, Coach. We’re going to be there someday.’ I kind of looked at my wife like, ‘Yeah, right.’”

Lloyd directed University to the state tournament again in 1997, when the Trojans ascended to the No. 2 ranking in the state and finished 34-3, falling to Highland Park in the state semifinals. Lloyd also worked as an assistant principal at the high school during his time as coach, and in 2000 he left coaching to focus on his administrative role full-time. But he returned to coach the Trojans again from 2008-10 before handing the reins off to Smith.

He inherits a program that went 29-9 in 2016-17 and claimed the No. 1 ranking in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A poll. University reached the regional tournament before losing to Fort Bend Marshall, 104-84.

University featured a senior-laden roster, so Lloyd may have some rebuilding to do. But he’s been there before.

“We’re going to play hard, we’re going to be good people and we’re going to try to represent University and South Waco in the right manner,” Lloyd said. “The good thing is, I don’t have to sell it. Rodney already sold it to them. … But we’re going to have a younger team, so our first priority is going to learn how to stop people and how to be more physical.”

Lloyd will retain his assistant principal duties. If he needs any coaching help, he won’t have to look far – his son Tarl Lloyd III is the head girls’ basketball coach at University.

“How great is that? It can’t get any better,” Lloyd said. “I’ve been truly blessed.”

Kilgore back for Bruceville-Eddy

Bruceville-Eddy ISD superintendent Richard Kilgore has been re-elected to a third two-year term on the UIL Legislative Council, representing Region III-3A.

Kilgore has held the position for the past four years.

UIL executive director Charles Breithaupt praised Kilgore’s “dedication and leadership to doing what is best for all students in Texas.”

The UIL Legislative Council is a rule-making body comprised of 32 public school administrators. One representative is selected for each region in each of the six classifications – 6A through 1A. In recent years, the council has put forth such proposals as pitch-count stipulations in high school baseball and the addition of a Class 5A Division II for football.

Rules approved by the council or by a vote of member schools are then forwarded to the Commissioner of Education for final approval.

Tillman to speak at Vitory Bowl Banquet

Former University of Oklahoma running back Spencer Tillman will be the featured speaker at the annual Victory Bowl Banquet, April 9 at the Ferrell Center.

Tillman was an All-American for the Sooners who finished fifth in the 1983 Heisman Trophy voting. He also played eight years in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl XXIV in 1990. Since 1999, he has worked as a college football broadcaster, first at CBS and now Fox.

The ninth annual Victory Bowl football game, benefiting the Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is set for June 10 at Waco ISD Stadium. The volleyball all-star contest will be held earlier that day at University High School, while Mary-Hardin Baylor will host the softball and baseball games on June 9.

Super Centex soccer nominations

Central Texas soccer coaches whose seasons are complete may submit nominations for the Super Centex girls and boys teams.

Nominations should include a player’s position, height, classification, statistics and any honors or awards he or she received. They may be emailed to bcherry@wacotrib.com.

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