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Dumas High School welcomes another new coach to the staff for Dumas athletics for the upcoming school year. Coach Austin Spain stepped down and Jerry Cathey was hired to come in to fill the shoes as the new head basketball coach for the Demonettes.

Coach Cathey recently coached in Memphis for the past three years. He coached the girls for two years and one year on the boys side during his tenure. He has also coached in Adrian and for the Amarillo Flames. His coaching career has spanned around 15 years. During that time, he has coached basketball during summer or at the high school level. And now, he is excited to get to work here.

"I look forward to it," Cathey said. "The girls work ethic here is out of this world. … It's something that I haven't seen at Memphis or any other place I've been at. So I look forward to coaching them and getting started."

He hopes to bring in some new faces this year, while building on the success that has been laid out.

"I want a lot of numbers," he said. "I want to bring girls that haven't played into play. Our style of play – we're going to be fast-paced, and we're going to get after it and work hard. At the end of the day, our ultimate goal is to get a gold ball."

He also is looking to bring some new schemes and different looks for the team. He likes to switch it up sometimes, especially on defense. The defensive side of the ball is a big component for Cathey.

"I don't want to get a team just comfortable every time down the court, so we're going to switch our defenses up."

One of his strengths, as a coach, is his ability to project confidence.

"I think on of my biggest deals for me as a coach, I think, is I instill confidence in the girls," Cathey said. "I've told them … I'll never bring you out of a game for shooting a wide open shot. The first wide open shot we can get that's what we want to take."

With the new realignment this year, it will be a challenge with the good, solid programs in Canyon and Hereford. But Cathey is optimistic about the district season, even though it's a few more months away.

"At the end of the day what we want to do is finish good enough in district where the seeding works out for us," he said. "But on the other side of the bracket, we don't have to face Canyon or Hereford in that first round or even that second round."

He said they could face them later, which would be beneficial for the Demonettes.

Coach Cathey has enjoyed his time so far here in Dumas and can't wait to get started for the basketball season. He is excited for the talent, enthusiasm and commitment the athletic program puts out with its student-athletes.

"I'll be honest, and I really love it. It's been good," he said. "Again, the work ethic … it's just different here, in a good way."

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