Rob Coffey works out with players Friday morning inside Hiett Gymnasium. Coffey was named the new Houston High School boys' basketball coach.

The Houston School District stayed within its program to hire the next high school boys’ basketball coach.

Rob Coffey, who led the middle school boys’ program last year, was promoted Tuesday night to the position of head high school coach. The move was announced by the school late Thursday morning.

Coffey replaces Richard Rose, who resigned after one season with the Tigers and later accepted the same position at Richland High School.

“I think coach Rose got a lot of good things going, and I hope to continue that and even improve upon that,” Coffey said. “I have a good idea of what I want to accomplish and what it will take.”

A 2000 Nixa High School graduate, Coffey spent seven years in retail and business before returning to college to pursue a teaching degree. He student-taught in the Logan-Rogersville and Nixa school districts before joining Houston Schools in 2012 as a computer and business education instructor.

Coffey is the seventh coach in eight seasons at HHS. He inherits a team that went 6-19 last season and is eligible to return four starters.

Information about new HHS boys’ basketball coach Rob Coffey:

  • Graduated in 2000 from Nixa High School
  • Spent seven years in retail and business worlds.
  • Returned to school and obtained teaching degree
  • Joined Houston School District in 2012 as computer and business education instructor. Was also the middle school boys’ basketball coach last season.

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