Live Oak names new athletic director, boys basketball coach

Filling two positions on the Live Oak High School coaching staff turned into an inside and out job.

First, Principal Tracy McRae selected assistant football coach Vincent Argrave to be the school’s athletic director. And then Argrave was part of the process that led to Woodlawn High assistant Cary Verges being hired as the Eagles’ boys basketball coach.

Verges, a former Episcopal player, spent five years as an assistant at WHS and was one of nine applicants for the job.

“His was the first résumé we got, and he was the last person we interviewed,” Argrave said. “I’m not sure if that worked in his favor, but I do know we were very impressed with what Coach Verges has to offer.

“He’s a couple of years older than me, and he’s very enthusiastic and wants to go to the middle school to build a program for the ground up. The fact that he comes from another 5A school also was a plus, along with the fact that he chaired the social studies program at Woodlawn.”

Argrave said Verges met with the Live Oak players Monday at the Watson-based school. Verges replaces Brian Hargroder, who resigned last month as athletic director/boys basketball coach to become the boys basketball coach at another area 5A school, Zachary.

Of course, the 29-year-old Argrave also replaces Hargroder. In addition to serving as athletic director, Argrave will be defensive coordinator for Tut Musemeche’s football team for the second straight year.

“When Mrs. McRae approached me about being the athletic director, I was excited about the opportunity,” Argrave said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge and to working with all the other teams.”

Previously, Live Oak added Michael Palmero, a former Catholic High assistant, as an assistant baseball coach.