Volleyball- Argyle’s Oberle Leaves To Be New Coach At Decatur

Volleyball- Argyle’s Oberle Leaves To Be New Coach At Decatur

By Steve Gamel

Clark Oberle has not only become synonymous with Argyle Lady Eagle volleyball over the last 18 years, but in that time he’s created a program that is now among the upper echelon Class 4A programs in the state.

Last month, the only head coach the Lady Eagles have ever known announced he had accepted the dual role as Decatur’s head volleyball coach and girls athletic coordinator. The move brings an end to a tenure that saw Oberle lead Argyle to its first state volleyball title in 2015 and a third-straight trip to the state final in November.

The news was first reported by the Denton Record-Chronicle on May 15.

“Everyone will say, ‘Why in the world would you leave Argyle?’” Oberle told the DRC. “I’ve prayed a lot about this. It was simply an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

“It’s hard leaving Argyle. I put my heart and soul into that program for 18 years.”

Oberle took the program from some very lean years and turned it into a state contender – particularly over the last five seasons. In that stretch, Argyle went 188-47 while advancing to the state tournament four times. The Lady Eagles lost seven games in 2015 en route to a state title. Oberle took a much younger roster back to the state title match this past season, eventually losing to Bushland.

Oberle now takes over at Decatur, which ironically is one of Argyle’s chief rivals. The two teams are in District 9-4A, and though Argyle swept Decatur during the regular season, both have managed to get the best of each other in the playoffs. Decatur, for example, beat Argyle in the 2014 title match to claim its second straight state title.

Oberle said while it was difficult to leave Argyle, this is a chance for him to watch his son play baseball more, as he will only have to coach one sport. Oberle was coaching volleyball and assisting with track and field at Argyle.

“I’ve spent all these years outlawing the color blue in our house,” Oberle joked about Decatur’s school colors. “Now it looks like I’ll have to go find some blue.”


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