State championships look good on any coaching resume. Richard Strickland’s contributions to titles at Carthage and Henderson paved the way for his hiring at Overton.
Strickland served as Henderson’s defensive coordinator before accepting the position of head football coach and athletic director for the Mustangs. As an assistant, he coached on both Henderson’s 2010 Class 3A championship team and Carthage’s 2008 Class 3A title squad. Strickland also assisted with Carthage’s 2009 state baseball champions.
“We were impressed with Coach Strickland’s passion for winning and his commitment to relationships with athletes, coaches, parents and the community which is so important in small towns like Overton,” OISD Superintendent Stephen DuBose told the Kilgore News Herald. “He is a proven winner and has learned from many outstanding coaches.”
The Overton slot opened when Josh Barton left coaching and accepted a principal position at Bronte. Barton coached the Mustangs four seasons, compiling a 17-27 record with four playoff appearances. Overton lost to Normangee in the first playoff round in each of the last two seasons.
Strickland, a native of De Queen, Arkansas, earned a degree in kinesiology from Henderson State University. In addition to past positions at Henderson and Carthage, he also coached at Tyler Lee.
Almost 80 candidates submitted resumes for consideration by the Overton ISD. Strickland emerged as its unanimous choice.
“We had 78 applicants and the board did an outstanding job of working through the process and staying focused on bringing the best possible AD/HFC to the district,” DuBose remarked to the News Herald.
Strickland brings a variety of experience to his first head coaching job. In addition to serving as Henderson’s defense coordinator, he headed the powerlifting program and directed the strength and conditioning program. In a previous stint at Henderson, he coached the defensive line and secondary and served as track coach.