John Walsh, the only head football coach Guyer has ever known, will be stripped of his role as the campus athletic coordinator at the conclusion of the school year.
The move is the result of Walsh’s arrest on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated-open container charge on Dec. 19 in Flower Mound, an incident he reported to his superiors when school resumed after the holiday break.
Walsh will remain in his position as head football coach.
The Denton school district sent a release outlining the punishment on Wednesday afternoon.
“We as a district hold all of our coaches, and especially our athletic coordinators, to a higher standard,” Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence said in the release. “Coach Walsh knows he made a mistake, understands he has damaged his role in the community as a head coach and the credibility he holds with his team, Guyer students and their families. During our conversations, it’s been made clear that he needs to do whatever he can to repair any damage the incident has caused.”
Walsh will continue athletic coordinator duties through the end of the school year. At that point, the district will review internal candidates and name a new athletic coordinator to oversee the boys and girls athletic programs at Guyer.
Walsh began Guyer’s program in 2005 and completed the program’s 10th varsity season in December with a Class 6A Division II Region I final appearance.
He has compiled a 95-41 record in those 10 seasons since starting Guyer’s program and has coached his team to three state championship games with two state titles.
Walsh will be made available for further comment at a press conference today along with Florence and deputy superintendent Richard Valenta, but he said in the release he’s thankful for the district sticking by him. The press conference is not open to the public.
“I appreciate the support of my family, Denton ISD and the Guyer Wildcat community through this difficult time,” Walsh said. “Words printed or said to apologize, at this point, would be redundant. I want to show with my future decision making and actions the gratitude I have for Denton ISD administration’s plan of action to move forward from this.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.