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Girls basketball: Guyer hires coach

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By Adam Boedeker / Staff Writer

In recent years, the Guyer girls have become a program to be reckoned with Harold Colson at the helm.

After Colson resigned his position to seek administrative opportunities, Guyer athletic director John Walsh wanted to keep the momentum moving forward.

That’s why Walsh and Guyer principal Barbara Fischer settled on former Cedar Hill head coach Andrea Robinson to take over the Lady Wildcats’ program.

“When we were going through resumes and interviews, we were looking for someone who’s been to Austin [for the state tournament] and to the championship level, but it wasn’t the only thing,” Walsh said. “We wanted someone to fit the Guyer personality with communication and other stuff. She hit every bullet. Her interview was really good with what Mrs. Fischer was looking for and what I was looking for.”

Robinson led Cedar Hill to the 2010 state tournament, losing in the semifinal. Prior to that, she led Fort Worth Dunbar to three state tournament appearances, including state championships in 2005 and 2007.

Robinson will begin coming to Guyer for offseason work immediately a couple of times a week but will not become a full-time employee until the summer, and Walsh said he’s glad to be finished with the most extensive coaching search he’s ever led.

“It’s the most applicants I’ve ever had for a job opening since we’ve been open,” Walsh said.

Robinson spelled out the reasons why the opening was such a popular one. Guyer is loaded for the future with two of its top players, Lauren Heard and Bre Wickware, returning for their sophomore and junior seasons, respectively.

“It’s just the right program,” Robinson said. “It’s young, but it’s still experienced some success and I’ve heard they have some great young kids coming up. I thought it’d be a great opportunity.

“With the success of football and other sports, I think we can build off that and achieve that same level as football. It’s a great school, and I think there’s a lot of potential there.”

In Colson’s four years at Guyer, he led the Wildcats to the postseason the previous three seasons, including at the Class 5A level in 2012. Over the past three seasons, Guyer has reached the 20-win mark and has a combined record of 50-24, including a 25-9 mark in 5A.

The past two years, Guyer has bowed out in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs and most recently lost a heartbreaker to Cleburne in the area round last month to finish the year with a 23-6 record.

Walsh said Robinson will be the perfect coach to carry Guyer’s recent winning tradition to the Class 6A level and thanked Colson for turning the program around.

“He turned us into a winner,” Walsh said. “They were winning 20 games a year and making the playoffs, and we appreciate the work he did.”

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.