Megan DeGroot doesn't believe in wasting time. After signing her contract Tuesday to become Argyle's new volleyball coach, the 29-year-old said she already had her keys in hand, met some of her new players and was on hand for a few open gym sessions.
"The ball is already rolling over here," DeGroot said with a laugh.
DeGroot was approved at Monday's Argyle school board meeting, and in doing so becomes only the second volleyball coach in AHS history. She takes over for Clark Oberle, who left the program he started in 1999 to become Decatur's coach in May.
Argyle won the Class 4A title in 2015 and is coming off its third straight trip to the state final.
"Even though I am going into a program that has won state before, the slate is clean every year," DeGroot said. "To make it there again, you have to take it one day at a time. It's a daily process, and I want to teach these girls what it's like to have grit.
"Argyle has a lot of talent already. I want these girls to make it something it has never been before."
This is DeGroot's first crack at being a head volleyball coach at the high school level. A former volleyball, basketball and track star at Southlake Carroll, she was an assistant at her alma mater for the last two seasons. She also was the head girls track and field coach.
As part of her new duties at Argyle, DeGroot will be an assistant track coach.
DeGroot said going to Argyle is a dream come true. The Lady Eagles advanced to the state tournament four times over the last five seasons while going 188-47. They lost in the Class 3A semifinals in 2012 and, after missing a repeat trip the following season, went on a three-year streak of at least making it to the final.
Argyle finished 42-7 in 2015 to claim its first state crown. It won 40 matches last year with a decidedly younger roster before losing in the final to Bushland.
"I wanted to jump on this opportunity," DeGroot said. "I didn't think I would apply for a head coach position until at least next year, but when this position opened I figured there is no better time than the present. So here we are, and I couldn't be happier.
"This is a community that is very much like what I had growing up. It's a place where I want to raise my family, and there is growth here. I'm excited to have a relationship with these girls."
Argyle athletic director and head football coach Todd Rodgers was elated over bringing DeGroot into the fold. He said she will make an immediate impact on a volleyball program that has been to the top of the mountain and has more than enough talent to make it back.
"I feel great about hiring her," Rodgers said. "She's a strong female coach who can teach the kids a very aggressive game in volleyball. She's got the right mindset to raise these girls to the next level and a good background as both a player and coach. She brings a lot to the table; she just hasn't been afforded the opportunity to be a head coach in volleyball before. But she's ready to be that."
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.