Coaching Changes Come to Guyer

Coaching Changes Come to Guyer

by Steve Gamel

There have been plenty of coaching vacancies to resolve this summer, but perhaps Guyer had the most interesting case.

In the span of just less than a month, the school announced it had hired a new head golf coach, assistant golf coach, and head girls soccer coach – all of them connected by one coach’s decision to leave Guyer entirely.

Here’s what happened: in May, longtime golf coach Roddy Adams left the program he started in 2005 for crosstown rival Denton Ryan. That move prompted Guyer officials to move Adams’ faithful assistant, Lance Brown, into the head role in early June. But now Brown needed an assistant, and the first person to throw his name into the hat was girls soccer coach Kenny Blevins. Blevins got the job, which then led to Mandy Hall coming over from Denton Braswell to fill Blevins’ spot.

The entire shakeup, including Adams’ departure, took only a month to complete.

Despite the craziness surrounding these coaching moves, all the coaches involved will only make their schools better. Adams started the Guyer program in 2005 and led both the boys and girls teams to the state tournament. It is expected that he could one day do the same for Ryan, which has struggled to maintain consistency with its program over the years.

Meanwhile, Brown has been by Adams’ side for the previous nine golf seasons. He knows all the athletes and is expected to make a seamless transition. Bringing Blevins into the golf fold as an assistant gives the program another state-title winning coach to learn from. Blevins led the Guyer girls soccer team to its lone state title in 2013.

Blevins is a certified golf instructor and had been looking for an opportunity to transition into golf without having to leave Guyer. He also knows Mandy Hall extremely well, as Hall and Blevins’ daughter used to play against each other in high school. Hall is a former star goalkeeper at the University of North Texas. She started her career at Lake Dallas before moving to Braswell last school year.

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