When Guyer’s football program lost two assistant coaches to head coaching jobs two weeks ago, the Wildcats had some voids to fill.
Head coach John Walsh and his staff did not have to look far for the replacements, as the Wildcats brought in two assistants with ties to Denton to replace their outgoing coaches.
Kurtis Kloiber, a former Denton assistant, will leave his position as the defensive coordinator at Pilot Point to replace former linebackers coach Casey Hubble, who is now the head coach at Breckenridge.
Marvin Nash, who began his coaching career at Crownover Middle School, is Guyer’s new running backs coach — the same position he held for four seasons at Frisco Wakeland. He replaces Oschlor Flemming, who accepted the head coaching job at Fort Bend Dulles.
“Anytime you lose good coaches, especially two that have been here since the beginning, it’s a little uneasy,” Walsh said. “We’ve had these two guys ready to be Guyer Wildcats, though. It just took a phone call and they were ready to jump on. As we lose good people, it’s exciting to have new blood on staff.”
Kloiber, 41, coached at Denton for 10 years under then-head coach Gary Fischer, whose wife, Barbara, is the Guyer principal. There, he coached with two current Guyer assistant principals and also coached with current Guyer defensive coordinator Derek Ramsey. He was the defensive coordinator at Pilot Point in 2009 when the Bearcats won the Class 2A Division I state championship and was the head coach and athletic director at Valley View in 2010 before returning to Pilot Point.
Kloiber said the opportunity to work with familiar faces and for a two-time defending state champion was one he couldn’t pass up. He said two of the deciding factors were the eight returning starters Guyer has defensively and the opportunity to work with what he called the best high school strength and conditioning program in the country.
“You can try to study someone and watch what they’re doing, but until you get inside and become a part of it you won’t really be able to flourish and learn,” Kloiber said. “I look at it as an opportunity to go and grow and learn from them and be an asset to bring another state championship to Guyer. Not that I didn’t get that stuff at Pilot Point, but this is just on a larger scale.”
Nash, 32, was at Crownover from 2008-10 and coached several Guyer players who will be seniors in 2014. He said he enjoyed his four seasons at Wakeland, during which the Wolverines made the playoffs three times, but he is ready to get back to his roots with Guyer’s offensive system and terminology.
“It’s extremely exciting,” Nash said. “When I got the call from Walsh, I didn’t have to give it a second thought. I liked where I was at, but opportunities like this you just don’t pass up. There was never a hesitation.”
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