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Guyer hires longtime golf assistant as coach as part of larger staff shakeup

Lance Brown, Guyer's longtime golf assistant, has been named the program's new head coach as part of a staff shakeup that includes a title-winning soccer coach stepping in as his assistant.

Brown just wrapped up his ninth season. He replaces former coach Roddy Adams, who left the program he started in 2005 to become Ryan's coach in May. Meanwhile, Guyer girls soccer coach Kenny Blevins is leaving after seven seasons and one state title to become Brown's assistant.

Blevins led the Lady Wildcats to the Class 4A state crown in 2013. 

"I really don't think it could work out any better. It's a seamless transition," Brown said. "I feel like I'm getting the reins to something that is well-established and successful. I was here when Roddy took the girls and boys golf teams to state, and I saw what it takes to get there.

"What's No. 1 on my list is getting back there and bringing home a win."

Guyer's golf program has been in good hands since its inception. Adams started the program after having already coached at Denton and Ryan. With Brown as his assistant, the two led Guyer's girls and boys teams to the state tournament in 2014. Adams was named the girls coach of the year that season by the North Texas High School Golf Coaches Association. 

Brown said he believes he can have the same coaching success with Blevins, who has been an avid golfer for years despite a hectic soccer schedule. Blevins became a certified golf instructor a few years ago and said he's been looking for an opportunity like this.

"This is something I've been angling toward for maybe the last five years," Blevins said. "But I've always loved soccer, and I didn't want to lose [the chance to coach at] Guyer. Then out of nowhere, this position came open. It's a good move for everyone."

Brown said he agreed, and everyone will be up to the challenge.

"It's a double-edged sword," Brown said. "I've been around here for a while and it's good to take over a program that's been running so well for so long. But there's also the pressure to keep that going and move it along. That's our goal."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.