Anyone who has worked in the education al system knows the area that probably sees the biggest turnover from year to year is in the members of a school districtâ€™s coaching staff.
The reason for the turnover is not always related to negative results on the playing field but many times is due to issues such as coaches just deciding to focus on teaching, going into school administration or exploring new opportunities in a different career field.
Fortunately for Borger High School and West Texas High, the turnover, at least at the varsity head coaching level, appears to be fairly low for the 2011-12 school year. At Frank Phillips College, there will be two new head coaches leading the volleyball and menâ€™s basketball programs after a spring semester that saw some drastic changes within the collegeâ€™s athletic department. (All coaching changes for Sanford-Fritch High School were not known as of Monday, July 25th.)
At Borger High School, the only two athletic programs that will see a change in leadership is in boyâ€™s basketball and soccer.
Taking over the boysâ€™ basketball program is Chet Byerly who comes to Borger after serving as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at El Campo, near the Houston area. Byerly brings to Borger seventeen years of coaching experience with stops at Breckenridge, Azle, Snyder, and Hillsboro.
Byerly takes over for longtime boysâ€™ coach Lance Simpson, who currently is still a member of the Borger High School coaching staff.
In boysâ€™ soccer, Damion Simmons will lead that program as well as continue his duties as the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs soccer program.
Simmons takes over for Mike Muscatell who led the boysâ€™ soccer program for only one season. Prior to the start of the 2010-11 school year, Muscatellâ€™s wife accepted a job around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area leading the school district and those associated with the boysâ€™ soccer program to know Muscatell would be moving on this summer.
For West Texas High School the only head coach change that will take place is in the volleyball program where Kathleen Patterson will take over for Brittany Snider, who has decided to go into nursing.
At Frank Phillips College, Chris Hackett will lead the Plainsmen menâ€™s basketball program.
Hackett comes to FPC after spending the last five years as the top assistant at Florida Tech.
Joining Hackett on the bench as an assistant will be Travis Dooley. Dooley worked with Hackett on the Florida Tech coaching staff.
Tanya Allen left her post as the head coach of the FPC Lady Plainsmen volleyball program to become the head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Taking over for Allen is Perryton native Ashley Dyer. Dyer brings her playing experience at Lubbock Christian University and West Texas A&M University to the Lady Plainsmen program. Dyer will also assist in the mathematics department at Frank Phillips.