GAINESVILLE, Texas — In the world of basketball, it’s not uncommon to see college coaches jumping to the professional ranks of the NBA, or even high school coaches jumping to test their skills in the college game.

GAINESVILLE, Texas — In the world of basketball, it’s not uncommon to see college coaches jumping to the professional ranks of the NBA, or even high school coaches jumping to test their skills in the college game.

However, new Madill boys basketball coach Brett Weiberg is breaking the mold his own way.

Weiberg will be jumping in feet first to his debut in the high school basketball world after having spent the last five seasons at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri as part of the MIAA conference. He also has previous experience at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa as the men’s head basketball coach. 

“I’ve gotten to be around the kids now for a couple of weeks,” Weiberg said. “What I like so far is seeing how unselfish they are. They also play very hard. I’ve really gotten to enjoy spending time with them so far. Mainly right now we’re still in the process of getting to know each other.”

“There’s some great people in Southern Oklahoma and in Madill,” Weiberg added. “I feel very blessed to be down here and I’m looking forward to working more with these kids.”

Weiberg will be taking over for the departed Jason Wilkerson, as the Wildcats will be looking to rebound this season from a below .500 finish from a year ago.

More importantly, the first time high school coach will be looking to instill a winning mindset into a program which has failed to win at least 10 games dating back to past the 2013-14 season.

Trips to the postseason weren’t uncommon for Weiberg during his time as head coach of the Griffons, as he was able to lead Missouri Western State to the postseason four times in the difficult MIAA conference out of Division II.

He also was able to have five players named All-MIAA during his tenure in charge.

Madill graduated just three seniors from last season, but will return a total of six seniors this season, combined with numerous underclassmen returners.

“I can’t wait until my family gets down here and we all get settled in from the moving process,” Weiberg said. 

“The most important thing right now is building relationships and establishing those things with the kids. We want to help these kids develop in as many ways as possible.”