Football: Guyer’s Walsh meets with Austin Westlake officials

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One of the most high-profile high school football programs in the state might soon have a vacancy.

Sources close to the situation say Guyer head coach John Walsh met with officials from Eanes ISD over the weekend to discuss the job that was recently vacated when Darren Allman left Austin Westlake after five seasons to accept the same position at Colleyville Heritage.

Walsh declined comment on the situation on Monday afternoon.

According to several media reports, the job is expected to be filled by the weekend.

Westlake is a traditional powerhouse that has produced notable players such as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. In Allman’s five seasons, the Chaparrals made five playoff appearances, including a loss in the Class 5A state championship to Euless Trinity in 2009.

The Westlake job opening is the third one this offseason that has been linked to Walsh.

Walsh is 75-34 in his eight seasons at the helm at Guyer. The Guyer job is the only head coaching position Walsh has had. He started the Wildcats program after a long stint as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Brownwood.

After a winless inaugural season for the program, Guyer won one game in 2007 before becoming a state powerhouse in 2008.

Since 2008, Guyer has compiled a 74-16 record, including one forfeit loss, and is coming off two straight Class 4A Division I state championships. Guyer will make the move up to the newly named Class 6A this coming season, as will Westlake. In Guyer’s previous two-year stint in the state’s largest classification, the Wildcats went 21-7, including a loss in the 2010 Class 5A Division II state championship game.

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.


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