On the heels of two straight state championships, longtime Guyer assistant Oschlor Flemming is striking while the iron is hot.
The running backs coach and special teams coordinator, who was the first non-Brownwood hire made by Guyer head coach John Walsh when he came to Denton from Brownwood in 2005, has accepted the head coaching position at Sugar Land Dulles.
The Denton native, who attended Ryan prior to coaching at Strickland Middle School and Guyer, is set to move away from Denton for the first time since he left to play college football at Texas A&M — the only five years he hasn’t lived in Denton.
“It gives me a lot of anxiety because this is home,” Flemming said. “This is where I’m from and my wife is from and where our family is. At some point you have to step out and start your own legacy. This is a great chance for a first-year head coach to get a job at a good program with a lot of room for improvement.”
Dulles, which will play in the new District 23-6A, went 4-6 last season under Jim Creech, who retired after 20 years as the Vikings’ head coach with seven playoff appearances. In 2012, Dulles won its first playoff game in 16 years, and the Vikings reached the Class 5A state quarterfinals in 1994.
Flemming, 33, said he needs to breathe some new life into the Viking program and now is the time to try to make the jump to a head coaching job.
Flemming was a finalist for two jobs — at Corsicana and Weatherford — following the 2012 season, when Guyer won the first of its two straight Class 4A Division I championships.
“In the coaching world, you can go from a hero to zero in no time,” Flemming said. “With our success this last six years, this is the best time for me to make this move. If I’m going to do it, this is the time to do it.
“They’ve [Dulles] always had athletes. They aren’t lacking talent. I think they just need some new life. That’ll be key to our success.”
Heading a program won’t be new to Flemming, as he’s been the head boys track coach at Guyer since 2008, a position that wide receivers coach Russ Phillips will assume immediately. Flemming is scheduled to begin his job at Dulles, the flagship school of the Fort Bend Independent School District, on March 17.
Flemming said he’s excited for his new opportunity and job title, but added that the decision wasn’t an easy one. He said he was extremely close with the group of running backs in the Guyer program and leaving that environment will take an adjustment.
He credited the program at Guyer, and the Wildcats’ success, for giving him the opportunity to land a 6A head coaching job at a young age.
“Guyer is like a utopia,” Flemming said. “There’s a reason people don’t leave here. There are few places in Texas, or in the USA, like Guyer. Places like Guyer are few and far between. You don’t leave Guyer for a lateral move. You don’t leave Guyer unless you’re striking it big, and I feel like I am.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.