Marble Falls hires new head basketball coach

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Former MFISD teacher and coach Travis Crain has rejoined the district as the new head basketball coach.





By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

Marble Falls Independent School District hired Travis Crain as the new boys basketball head coach at a special school board meeting on Thursday.

Crain takes the reins after previous head coach Matt Bailey accepted the position at Tomball Memorial earlier this month.

I heard Coach Bailey was leaving, and at that point, it became a discussion with my family,” Crain said about his decision to apply for the position. “My [son] is about to start kindergarten, so if we're going to make a move, it's right to do it before he starts school.”

Crain coached at Marble Falls as a freshman assistant for two years before accepting his first head coaching job in Lytle. From there, Crain went to Dripping Springs as an assistant coach and was part of some of the successful seasons for the Tigers through a competitive district.

It was a master class in coaching,” he said about his time at Dripping Springs. “All of [the teams in the district] had different strengths, ran different stuff, had highly intelligent coaches. Every night you had to be ready to go; it was trial by district fire every night.” . . .

Find the full story in the Friday, May 10 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email

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