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Craig Barker, former Henderson assistant, hired as Garrison AD/Football Coach

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Just two weeks after Craten Phillips decided to leave Garrison ISD for Sonora the Bulldogs have made a new hire. Former Henderson offensive coordinator Craig Barker has been offered the position of AD/Head football coach and accepted according to Superintendent Darren Webb.

"Our search committee was outstanding in getting this done in a timely fashion, " said Webb. "Barker is the guy who is going to lead Garrison to bigger and better things."

The next step in this process will be school board approval of the recommendation for hire. The meeting will take place March 22nd at Garrison ISD. Superintendent Webb made the announcement to the Bulldogs today and says he is excited about choosing Barker from over 90 applicants.

"There are a lot of people that are excited, he will bring that new wave of football to Garrison," said Webb. "He brings a very creative offense that has obviously been successful at the 3A level."

Barker is known as an innovative offensive coordinator with tremendous success in his recent years at Henderson. In 2010 Henderson made it to the state championship under his offense, while last season the Lions reached the semi-finals.

"We are excited to have a coach with that much experience coming to Garrison," said Webb. "We feel as an athletic director he will focus on all programs, both boys and girls and make the Bulldogs better."

Barker will be released from his contract with Henderson ISD immediately and upon approval will begin his duties as athletic director March 26th with Garrison ISD.

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