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Lake Dallas’ Katherine Madison coaches the Lady Falcons against Braswell on Jan. 22 in Little Elm. Madison confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Thursday that she is moving to California to be closer to family.

After a promising 2018-19 season, Lake Dallas will be looking for a new girls basketball head coach, as Katherine Madison has decided to depart the program.

The move was first reported by Nick Alvardo of Roy Report Media on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. Madison confirmed her decision to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Thursday, saying she will move to California to be closer to family.

“I’ll still be coaching and teaching — I’m just working on getting my California certification,” Madison said. “I’m originally from Seattle and my mom’s family is from [Los Angeles]. I’m a West Coast girl at heart.”

Madison, who graduated from Washington State, came to Lake Dallas as an assistant in 2015 before being promoted to the head coaching position when Jason Lee departed last summer. After back-to-back losing seasons, Madison stepped in and guided the Lady Falcons to their first 20-win campaign since 2008-09.

Lake Dallas went 21-13 and 8-4 in District 8-5A, finishing in a tie for second place with Denton. The Lady Falcons lost a coin flip for seeding and entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed before being bounced by Saginaw Boswell in an 88-49 decision in the first round.

“It’s very tough to walk away from something that is already special but also has so much potential to be extremely special, especially at Lake Dallas,” Madison said. “They are going to accomplish great things because they’re great kids.”

Lake Dallas’ next coach will have plenty of talent to work with, as Mackenzie Buss returns after earning District 8-5A newcomer of the year honors as a freshman. Buss was a second-team selection on the Denton Record-Chronicle‘s 2019 All-Area Basketball Team and averaged 9.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Josephine Elliott (junior, first-team all-district), Dorian Norris (junior, first-team) and Jorja Elliott (freshman, second-team) will be back as well.

Norris averaged a team-high 12.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.7 blocks last season, while Josephine Elliott contributed 9.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Jorja Elliott averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 rebounds as a freshman.

The hiring of a basketball coach will mark the second head coaching change on the girls side of the athletic program, as athletic director Scott Head hired Kristinn Holbrooks to replace volleyball coach Jason Roemer, who is returning to Fredericksburg.

The vacancy was posted on the district website as of Friday afternoon.

“Lake Dallas has been a wonderful place,” Madison said. “From the administration to the co-workers, to the students and the athletes, it’s become my extended family as I’ve been in Texas. I have so many fond memories.

“Those kids are going to do great things no matter what coach steps in. You have two excellent leaders with the returning seniors and then the soon-to-be sophomore class is coming up. The program is trending upward. Somebody is going to find it as a great spot to be a head coach.”

BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @BradyKeane.

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