Khoria Newman is named girls basketball coach at Irving MacArthur, her alma mater


Irving MacArthur has hired a member of its 2011 state title team to replace its state championship coach.

Irving ISD announced Monday that Khoria Newman will replace Suzie Oelschlegel as the head girls basketball coach at MacArthur. Newman was a starting guard as a junior on MacArthur’s 2011 Class 5A state title team that Oelschlegel coached, and Newman returned to MacArthur and served as an assistant coach from 2018 to 2021.

“There’s nothing like coming back home to MacArthur High School,” Newman said in a press release. “I am so excited for the opportunity to give back to the community that gave so much to me. As a former player and assistant coach under Coach O, I have experienced firsthand the success of this program. I look forward to continuing the legacy that has been established in the Lady Cardinal basketball program.”

Newman was the head girls coach at Garland Naaman Forest this past season.

After being in a head-on car crash in August that left her unable to coach part of last season, Oelschlegel announced earlier this month that she is retiring. Oelschlegel, 64, finished with 885 career victories and was selected as the 2011 national coach of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations that season.

Newman averaged 13 points in the 2011 state tournament as MacArthur won its only state title. After graduating from MacArthur in 2012, she went on to play at UAB.

As an assistant at MacArthur, she was a part of teams that won three district titles, and she helped coach more than a dozen collegiate athletes, a McDonald’s All-American and two Jordan Brand Classic All-Americans.

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Newman back to MacArthur,” Irving ISD Superintendent Magda Hernandez said in a press release. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our graduates return to serve in our schools. We watched Coach Newman excel as a player on the state championship girls basketball team and then as an assistant coach for this successful program. I have no doubt that she will continue the success of the MacArthur Lady Cardinal basketball program.”

Irving MacArthur girls basketball coach Suzie Oelschlegel to retire after 885 career wins

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