Another week, another significant coaching shake-up

07/14/2014 1:00 PM

07/14/2014 1:01 PM

You can’t take a week off without checking to see who is coming or going among the Grapevine or Colleyville Heritage coaching staffs.

This week’s move was the departure of longtime Grapevine volleyball coach Diane Wilson. Wilson turned in her whistle with the GCISD and took a similar position with Arlington Bowie.

You could see this coming, although maybe the timing was a little early. When Wilson lost her girls athletic coordinator’s position to new girls basketball coach Lindy Lombard, she had to consider that a demotion.

At first, I had to think the lateness of all of these moves would have kept Wilson at Grapevine for 2014-2015. But when the position at Bowie opened, she did what she had to do. After 18 years, several district championships, 14 playoff appearances and a stunning bi-district playoff victory over Carroll in 2012, Wilson can leave knowing she did exactly what she needed to do to get the most out of the program.

Now, it’s a new challenge with Bowie, a program that has been pretty much an afterthought behind regular powers Arlington Martin and Arlington.

Consider that Wilson’s departure marks the third veteran area volleyball coach to leave. Justin Northwest’s Dayna Horak stepped away in January. Carroll’s Arthur Stanfield left in February. Now, there’s Wilson.

The question is whether GCISD executive athletic director Phil Blue can get the replacement he wants. That’s going to be difficult with teacher contracts starting in early August.

Still, you don’t want to put anything past Blue. After all, he persuaded Lee Yeager to leave his very successful baseball job at Corpus Christi Carroll to come to Grapevine.

7-on-7 season wrap

Carroll didn’t get a chance to defend its 2013 7-on-7 state championship. Northwest Byron Nelson came very close to playing for the consolation championship.

That sums up how the area teams fared last week at the state tournament this past weekend in College Station. Neither team advanced to the championship bracket in Division I. The Dragons and Bobcats each went 1-2 and lost a couple of games that kept them from moving into the winners’ side.

In Saturday’s consolation rounds, Nelson defeated Klein Collins, Houston Lamar and Channelview before losing to College Station in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Carroll was done after its first game when it lost to Cy Falls.

The goal of the 7-on-7 season is for quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs to become more and more familiar with each other. The competition definitely has value to it. However, we remember who won state football championships. We hardly remember who won state 7-on-7 championships.

Coaching school

Another sign that the football season is closing in on us is that the Texas High School Coaches Association convention (Coaching School) begins Sunday and runs through next Wednesday (July 23).

The All-Star football game is set for Tuesday at the Alamodome. There will be plenty of Northeast Tarrant representation. Keller Fossil Ridge wide receiver Ryan Parker, Keller Central defensive back Matt McQuillan, Colleyville Heritage offensive lineman Thomas Walsh and Justin Northwest linebacker Duke Kicinski have been named to the North team’s roster.

Congratulations to those four in their final game as high school competitors. Parker will be moving on to TCU. Kicinski and McQuillan are heading out to West Texas A&M in Canyon to continue their college careers.

A final word

I’m going to make this a weekly mission to request that the GCISD should name the football field at Mustang-Panther Stadium after the late athletic director Ted Brevelle. There’s no reason that the Ted Brevelle Field at Mustang-Panther Stadium should not become a reality.

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