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Head Boys Basketball Coach
Head Coach Tommy Brakel has a wife Debra, daughter Ashley (15), and son TJ (11). He graduated from Sul Ross State University in 1993 where he played his college basketball and was voted a two time NAIA All-American. In 2004, he was inducted into the Sul Ross Sports Hall of Honor. Coach Brakel has been the head coach all 14 years that North Crowley High School has been open. He came to North Crowley after a short 4 year stint coaching sub-varsity teams at Crowley High School where his teams went a combined 163-9. During the last 14 years, his Panthers have compiled a 419-78 record, 14 straight playoff appearances, 14 straight years with 20+ wins, and 14 straight years of being state ranked. He highlighted his coaching career with a magical 2007-2008 season that saw his Panthers accumulate a 38-1 overall record, win the Texas 5A State Championship and Consensus Public School National Championship on the school’s 10th anniversary. He has been voted his district’s Coach of the Year on 8 different occasions and in 2007-2008 was the 5A Coach of the Year for the State of Texas. In the summer of 2010, Brakel was asked to coach the USA National Team, which consisted of top high school players from around the nation, in the Nike Global Games against teams from around the world. There have been 11 district championships, 11 invitational tournament championships, a 66 game (6 ½ years) home winning streak and a 72 game district winning streak along the way. In fact, the Panthers have been so dominant at home they are 141-7 through their 1st 14 years in Panther Field House. They have been almost equally as dominant in district play posting a district record of 186-10 all time. With all of the team accolades, the individual accolades of Brakel’s players were sure to follow. The Panthers have had 10 All-State selections, 14 Academic All-State players, and 54 student athletes sign letters of intent to play basketball at the collegiate level. The 2 most notable players of the 54 were bookends to Coach Brakel’s 1st decade at North Crowley. Keith Langford was a sophomore in 1998 when North Crowley 1st opened its’ doors. He was 1st Team All-State his senior year, played in 2 NCAA Final Fours while at the University of Kansas, in 2008 played for the San Antonio Spurs and is currently playing in the Israel’s A League. Willie Warren, was a graduate of the Class of 2008. He was named Mr. Basketball for the State of Texas, McDonald’s All-American, Parade All-American, Jordan Brand All-American, the MVP of the 2007-2008 5A State Tournament, won Big 12 Freshman of the Year in his first season at the University of Oklahoma & was a 2nd round draft pick of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers in the summer of 2010.