Guyer’s football coaching staff will look a bit different when the Wildcats open their 2014 season against Allen in August.
Linebackers coach and assistant defensive coordinator Casey Hubble was named the new head coach at Breckenridge on Friday and became the second Guyer assistant to leave for a head-coaching job this week. Former running backs coach and special teams coordinator Oschlor Flemming accepted the head-coaching job at Fort Bend Dulles earlier in the week.
“I’m very humbled by this opportunity, and I realize it has very little to do with what I’ve done and more to do with what the kids here have done,” said Hubble, who was part of the charter staff at Guyer in 2005, hired by head coach John Walsh. “My opportunity has been largely because of how the kids have bought into our program and the success on the field. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me while I’ve been here.”
Under Hubble’s direction, the linebacking corps was a strength of a Guyer run defense that has been one of the area’s best since the Wildcats’ breakout season in 2008.
Walsh said the revolving door of linebackers has been a testament to Hubble’s coaching as several players have made an impact in their only season as a starter, most notably one-year starters like Terence Belton, Terrell Singleton, Corey Miller, Keiondre Ballard and Marcel Thomas.
“What he’s done a great job of is we’ve had several starting linebackers that only started their senior year,” Walsh said, “and when those things happen, that means there’s always someone developing those linebackers, keeping them patient and being sure they’re ready when it’s their turn.”
Breckenridge, which finished 4-7 last season under Walsh’s mentor from his Brownwood days, Steve Freeman, will compete in the new District 4-3A Division I with Ponder, Boyd, Bowie, Brock and Paradise.
Hubble, 38, said he plans on taking what he’s learned within the Guyer program, which is coming off back-to-back Class 4A Division I state championships, and translating it to his new job.
He specifically credited Guyer’s strength and conditioning program, led by Kyle Keese and Bryan Kegans.
“The strength and conditioning program that’s been developed here and the way we develop athletes is one of a kind,” Hubble said. “I’m basically planning on plugging our program in in Breckenridge, Texas, and rolling with it.”
As for those absent faces when Guyer opens up the 2014 season against the defending 5A Division I champions, Walsh said he’ll have mixed emotions.
“It’s bittersweet,” Walsh said. “It’s guys that we hired when we opened the school, and they’ve been here in the infant stages of our program and have had a huge part of where we’re at right now. It’s not just them. I’ve seen their kids grow the last 10 years and their wives have become family. It’s a big hit to the Guyer football family to lose those two. But that’s how it works when you’re successful. We’re excited for them.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.