New Carlisle boys coach Brad Slatton is excited for his Bison to open basketball season Monday at home against Des Arc.

Slatton arrived at Carlisle with 426 career wins after his retirement from the superintendent’s job at the Fort Elliott Consolidated Independent School District in Briscoe, Texas. He said he had not coached since the 2011 season. His last full-time coaching season was 2009.

“I haven’t found anything that can take the place of being competitive and being a coach and a situation like that,” he said Sunday. “I’m looking forward to the season and enjoying it so far.”

Slatton was athletic director and head girls basketball coach at Fort Elliott from 2007-11 and became junior high principal in 2009 before taking the superintendent’s job. His previous Arkansas experience included stops at Stamps, Lafayette County, Prairie Grove, El Dorado, Carthage, Leslie and Strong. He took the Carthage boys and El Dorado and Prairie Grove girls to the state tournament.

He said Sunday he didn’t know much about Des Arc.

“I’m more concerned right now about us,” he said. “We’re just trying to get on the same page — new coach, new ideas, new philosophy — all of that. It’s a work in progress right now.”

As of Sunday, he said the Bison’s starting lineup was still up in the air.

“I’d hate to throw out anybody’s name and exclude anybody,” he said. “We’re all just trying to figure everything out right now. I think we have some ability. We just have to learn how to play winning basketball and do the things that winning teams do.

“That’s the biggest challenge right now — figuring out what we need to do to give us the best chance to win.”

Last season, Jayson Lowery’s second Carlisle squad finished 6-20 after a 67-65 loss to Augusta in the quarterfinals of the 3-2A District Tournament. The six wins were the most for a Carlisle boys squad since 2013. Lowery was the first returning boys coach since 2013. After his resignation, Slatton’s hire was the 14th coaching change for the basketball Bison since 1994-95.