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New Lindsay girl’s basketball coach Tony Brazeal gives instructions during the Lindsay basketball camp Monday morning. Brazeal takes over for Coach Don Neu who left for Era earlier this year.

It has been a long and winding road for Tony Brazeal before

making his way to Lindsay, Texas. After being in coaching and out of

coaching, Brazeal is excited about the opportunity of leading the

Lindsay Lady Knights basketball program.

“When I drove around Lindsay I was amazed,” Brazeal said about the

time before being offered the job. “Lindsay is a very manicured well

kept town. That speaks volumes to me  because it tells me what kind of

kids I’m going to have to work with. I made some phone calls around to

people that know Lindsay and have played against Lindsay and everybody

I talked to said that I would really like it here. They told me the

kids work hard, they have good attitudes, their parents are good

parents and that I’m going to enjoy it.”

Brazeal began his coaching career in 1976 as the head boys basketball

coach at Rosebudd-Lott. He then took the head coaching job at Decatur

for four years before taking his next coaching job at Pflugerville for

one year. Brazeal then got out of the coaching business and went into

the construction business with his oldest brother, before returning to

coach soon thereafter at Henrietta. He coached one more year before

leaving to enter the financial services field where he spent the next

25 years.

After his youngest daughter graduated college he decided to return to

coaching, two years ago at Henrietta-Midway. Brazeal took last year

off to get certified in more teaching areas, which he did before being

hired at Lindsay.

Brazeal has 10 total years of coaching under his belt with an overall

record of 191-78 as he enters his first year in Lindsay. He has a

particular way he likes to play basketball but says he won’t try to

force anything.

“I like transition basketball, I like to play fast, I like to press,

but if we don’t have the talent level to do that we are not going to

do it,” Brazeal said. “You just have to give the kids the best chance

you can to be successful.”

Brazeal is currently running the Lindsay girl’s basketball camp this

week at the Lindsay Gymnasium.

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