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    Coach Colby Hartfield looks on as his team plays the Paradise Panthers last Friday at home. The Buckaroos moved to 23-5 on the season and is preparing for the playoffs. BA photo by A.D. Chachere

Youth movement powers Buckaroos basketball

Nearing the end of his fourth season as head basketball coach of the Breckenridge Buckaroos, Colby Hartfield has made a name for himself during his first few years. Unlike most high school coaches in the country, Hartfield is a 26-year-old African American male.

Hartfield was 16-years-old when his family moved to Breckenridge. Graduating from Breckenridge High School in 2011, Hartfield was a first-team all-district selection during his senior year. After graduating, he moved on to study math at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

The coach played football for four years and spent another season as a graduate assistant. Upon finishing that season as a graduate assistant, Hartfield was in the market for a coaching position.

“I was looking around for a job. I knew the town and a bunch of the kids so I applied for the head coaching position in Breckenridge,” Coach Hartfield said. “I came in for an interview, met with former athletic director, Casey Hubble, and hung out all day. He told me he trusted me.”

After an interview and spending hours with former athletic director, Casey Hubble, Hartfield didn’t hear anything from Hubble for about two or three days. The coach called Hubble and thanked him for the opportunity and to inform him of a different decision he had made.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Feb. 12 edition of the Breckenridge American.

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