Football: Walsh staying at Guyer, will not interview at Westlake

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Guyer coach John Walsh, after a weekend meeting with Eanes Independent School District officials to discuss the vacant Austin Westlake head coaching job, has decided to not go to Austin for a scheduled Thursday interview.

Instead, he will remain at Guyer, the program he started from scratch when the school opened in 2005.

“Westlake is an intriguing place to coach football in Texas,” Walsh said. “But what we’ve built here at Guyer High School didn’t warrant all the change that would’ve taken place here.

“I love being the Guyer football coach and being in the city of Denton.”

Walsh is 75-35 in his eight seasons at the helm at Guyer. The Guyer job is the only head coaching position Walsh has had. He started the Wildcat 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.

Guyer has compiled a 74-16 record since 2008 and is coming off two straight Class 4A Division I state championships. Guyer will make the move up to the new Class 6A in 2014. 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 final.

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

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


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