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Tarkington Athletics 

Tarkington ISD is pleased to announce the hiring of Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Zach Bass. Coach Bass’s service as an educator and coach, experience in lead positions and effective and positive communication style, are what set him apart as the finalist. We are extremely excited for Coach Bass to join the Longhorns as AD and Head Football coach. Coach Bass believes in all programs and that coaching is about teaching kids with a positive and nurturing environment. He has experience coaching at the High School and Middle School level. He has coached football, soccer, powerlifting, as well as track and field. We received excellent recommendations from past districts and feel fortunate to welcome a leader eager to become not only a part of our school family, but also a part of our community.


Mr. Bass has served in LaPorte, Port Neche-Groves, and Port Arthur. He has most recently served in Port Arthur ISD as Offensive Coordinator, ending the year 9-2  as 5A-D1 District 9 runner up and Bi-District finalist.


Coach Bass’s philosophy and mission statement includes:

“As the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach of Tarkington, I believe that it is my responsibility to be a positive role model for the students and student-athletes that I will have the privilege to teach and coach. I believe it is my purpose to guide our student-athletes toward a lifetime of success. Through relentless effort, we will pursue perfection. We will approach each day with a dynamic zeal and purpose to compete on the field and in the classroom, while improving as individuals. Through our program, our young men and women will become equipped to be diligent students, loving family men and women, and dutiful citizens.”


Mr. Bass has a Texas Teacher Certification in Social Studies for grades 8-12 and Masters certification in Educational Leadership. We at Tarkington ISD look forward to Mr. Zach Bass, wife Lindsey, and their young daughter Kinley joining the Longhorn family as they transition to the Prairie.






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