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Bridgeport names new Sissies basketball coach

By Austin Jackson | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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The next coach of the Sissies basketball program has arrived in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport ISD trustees approved the hire of Frisco Liberty assistant Jordan Sarten Monday to lead the Sissies basketball program.

Sarten will replace former girls basketball coach Dallas Taylor, who took the same position at Northwest in April.

Sarten takes over a Sissies basketball program which has gone 114-45 and won 71.7 percent of its games over the past five seasons under Taylor.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Sarten said.

Before accepting the head coaching position, Sarten worked as an assistant under Liberty head coach Ross Reedy last year. Reedy and Sarten led the Redhawks to a 32-11 record and a state tournament run before falling in the 5A state championship game 47-42 to Amarillo.

Wilson said the decision to bring on Sarten was an easy one.

“I talked to some of our existing coaches and our kids, without asking some of the things they wanted and they thought was important is what people told me about [Sarten], constantly over and over and over.” Wilson said. “She’s going to be a really good role model. She’s a competitor and she’s coming from a very strong program.”

“Honestly she’s the whole package,” he added. “She does some stuff that’s unique to us and some stuff that’s important to us that coach Taylor already started with our program. Sarten’s done that in a big school district. There’s a lot of things that we were looking for that she brought to the table. I think she’s going to do awesome.”

Sarten, an Oklahoma State graduate, said the small-town atmosphere and strong community in Bridgeport made the position an attractive one. The talent, which includes players like sophomore Ashley Ingram, who was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A all-state team, and junior Emily Vidal, who earned 4A all-region honors, was the icing on the top.

“Culture is a really big thing to me and building relationships is something I bring, and I know they already have that at Bridgeport,” Sarten said. “These girls, I’ve watched film on them from Argyle, and they play super hard. It’s going to be good. They had a great run last year. It’s just going to be building on that. I know that we can do it.”

Taylor guided the Sissies to a 26-11 mark in 2018-2019, including a trip to the regional tournament for the first time since 2009. Bridgeport finished second in District 8-4A behind eventual state champion Argyle.

Sarten’s goals heading into the next year include fostering a championship culture and knocking off the Argyle Lady Eagles, which have won five straight state titles this season.

“I definitely want to beat Argyle, you have to,” Sarten said. “I really want to beat them to get confidence going into the playoffs. Of course I want a state run, too. We’ll see.”

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