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Shelton to lead Bulldogs

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014

After piling up more than 500 wins, multiple state tournament appearances and a state crown, John Shelton is coming to Alvord.

Shelton was hired Monday night by the district to take over as the Alvord girls basketball coach.

Shelton takes over for Rob Schmucker, who resigned in May to go to Panhandle.

“The groundwork is all done. It’s a good opportunity,” Shelton said. “I watched some of the kids in practice and was impressed with how hard the kids worked.

“I could tell there’s a desire to win. I was impressed with their commitment to win. I want to come up there and build on what’s been done.”

Shelton is also encouraged about the growing girls program at the Class 2A school, which is adding volleyball.

“I wanted to be a coordinator. I was at Buffalo when they started softball,” he said. “I like the opportunity to start volleyball and work with all the programs.”

Shelton comes to Alvord from Franklin where he has spent three seasons, compiling an 81-22 record. His team went 30-6, falling to Brock in the 2A semifinals.

It was Shelton’s third trip to Austin. He led Buffalo to a state crown in 2002 and the state semifinals in 2003.

He also coached at 5A Bryan, 4A Bryan Rudder and Grapeland and Princeton.

As he moves back to North Texas, the McKinney graduate hopes to bring his fast-pace system.

According to MaxPreps, his Franklin squad led the nation in 3-point attempts.

“We want to push the ball up and down the floor,” Shelton said. “We’ll play 10 to 12 kids and play an exciting brand of basketball. I’ve been running the same system for 20 years.

“I’ve watched the kids. We have good cross country and track kids that can run.”

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