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Van Buren selected veteran college assistant Brad Autry to be its new boys basketball coach during Thursday's school board meeting.

The 50-year-old Autry replaces Austin Trembley, who resigned after two years to enter private business.

"I spoke to a couple of guys I knew about the job," said Autry, who was hired after his interview earlier this week. "There were some other opportunities, and in the process I prayed for God to make things simple because I'm not good at this kind of choices.

"I couldn't be happier. I'm ready to settle down, and I wanted to be a head coach again. This is a great fit for me and my family, and it's a perfect opportunity for me. I know the area well, and Van Buren is a wonderful community."

Autry has spent the last four years as an assistant under Barry Hinson at Southern Illinois and was at Hawaii for a year before that. He also served as an assistant at Marquette under Buzz Williams (2008-14), at Arkansas-Little Rock under Steve Shields (2003-07) and at Tulsa under Bill Self (1999-2000).

He has been a high school head coach on two occasions: at Houston Dekaney in 2007-08 and at Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge in 2002-03.

"A good friend of mine recommended him, and we're excited to have him," Van Buren athletic director Randy Loyd said. "He's been at a quite a number of places, but he's ready to settle down. We're lucky that we got a good one."

-- Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Sports on 06/07/2019

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