The incoming Horatio boys basketball coach is a familiar face to area roundball fans. Veteran coach Roy Backus is the new leader of the Lions. A native of Mineral Springs, Backus earned his bachelor degree at Southern Arkansas University, doing his practice teaching under Marvin Lindsey at Magnolia. He was a graduate assistant at SAU when he was offered the head coaching position -- for four teams -- at Huttig. He coached both junior and senior high girls and boys teams at the east Arkansas school for two years before returning to the southwest part of the state to coach the Ashdown girls.