Grayson College recently announced tryouts for the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be held on April 21 in the college gym with the women’s team beginning at 10 a.m. and the men’s at 1 p.m. Men’s team tryouts are limited to 80 athletes, while the session for the women’s team is limited to 50.


Tryouts are open to all high school seniors and current Grayson College students. Athletic Director Michael McBrayer said students attending another college will be allowed to participate if they bring a release from their current college.


“Everyone needs to know that they’re welcome regardless of their skill set,” McBrayer said. “Come out and be part of welcoming back Grayson College. Whether they make the team or receive an offer, it’s part of a big deal for Grayson College. It’s not the inaugural season but it’s kind of a welcome back tour. We don’t want anyone to feel left out. If they are interested in competing at a collegiate level, we’d like them to come out and give Grayson and let us see what they’ve got.”


Athletes wishing to participate in tryouts for either team must pay a $25 fee. McBrayer explained the fee will go towards the cost of tryout gear. Each athlete will be given a practice jersey with a number on it to help improve clarity for coaches.


“I’ve received a ton of phone calls asking for tryout dates,” McBrayer said. “We’re expecting a lot of interest because people calling in are not only Grayson College students but also from surrounding areas within our service area.”


McBrayer said the tryout will be focused on skills, with time for scrimmaging towards the end.


“We know there is a lot of excitement in the area about basketball returning to Grayson College,” President Jeremy McMillen said. “We look forward to seeing student athletes from Texoma and across Texas compete for a place on the team.”


Grayson College introduced its new men’s and women’s basketball coaches in February. Bill Damuth was named head coach for the women’s team and Scott Monarch will be head coach for the men’s team.


Monarch has 28 years of coaching experience and comes to the school from Navarro College in Corsicana, where he served as an assistant coach for the junior college team. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at the University of North Texas from 2013 to 2016, where he said he recruited top athletes from around the state.


Damuth brings 24 years of coaching experience. He comes from Wichita State University where he was an assistant coach for one year. Before that, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Texas at El Paso, where the team won two Conference USA Championships.


For additional information, contact McBrayer at 903-463-8753 or mcbrayerm@grayson.edu.