The Sanger Indians have their new man to lead the boys basketball program.

Brandon DeLorge, an assistant at Sulphur Springs in 2018-2019, has been tapped to replace Layne Boxell, who departed for Burleson in May. DeLorge’s hire was approved last week.

“I think Sanger has a really good basketball tradition,” DeLorge said. “They really want someone to come in here and stay for a long time, which is what I’m planning on doing. I have a 6-year-old that I want to graduate from here.”

DeLorge inherits a program that has gone 36-22 over the past two years. The Indians finished fourth in District 11-4A last season, losing to Wilmer-Hutchins in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Sanger competes in the highly competitive Region II, which boasts top-echelon talent each year with the likes of Wilmer-Hutchins, Dallas Carter and Oak Cliff Faith Family. Faith Family won the 4A title in March.

“It is tough, don’t get me wrong,” DeLorge said. “I’m not saying we’re going to go to state this year. Going through Wilmer-Hutchins and some of these 4A schools, there are some really good teams. It’s going to be a challenge, but I want my kids to embrace it. We’re not going to be scared of anybody. We’ll play anybody anywhere.”

In his only season at Sulphur Springs, DeLorge and the Wildcats went 30-10 and made a run to the state tournament before falling to Wagner in the 5A semifinal. Prior to Sulphur Springs, DeLorge was the head coach at Bland — a 2A school about 30 minutes east of McKinney.

From 2016-2018, Bland posted a 48-17 record.

“He was a successful head coach at a small school for a couple of years,” Sanger athletic director Chuck Galbreath said. “Last year he was at Sulphur Springs and they had a really good season. He did a really good job there.

“He’s a really enthusiastic guy and a high character guy. He’s the kind of guy we were looking for to lead our program.”

DeLorge graduated from Dallas Baptist University and served as a manager for the Texas A&M basketball team, working under Mark Turgeon and Billy Gillispie. He got his first high school coaching job as an assistant at North Forney, where he worked from 2013-2015.

Sanger will not return any all-district players next season, as Hank Lemons, a second-team all-district pick, graduated in May.

Jordan Williams, Tre Peoples, Payten Vidourek and Brock Howard were also lost to graduation. Zach Cochran, Hollis Gleason and Aidan Kearney are among the team’s expected returners.

“I will tell you this much, I love to be the underdog,” DeLorge said. “I’m hearing ‘we lost seven seniors and Sanger is going to take a step back.’ OK, well, we’ll see about that. I take that as a personal challenge and I want my kids to feel that way, too.”

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