Coaching changes tend to increase during the spring. This time of year, Wildcats Football Coach and Athletic Director Greg Owens is almost always busy filling coaching vacancies at middle school and high school. Coach Owens gave the latest news to media members Wednesday morning.
Longtime Soccer and Cross Country Coach Andy Holt is heading to Frisco Wakeland to be head soccer coach. Coach Owens promoted Wildcats Assistant Coach Nicky Wiggins to head soccer coach. He’s still working to hire a soccer assistant and a cross country coach.
Lady Cats Volleyball Coach Allison Irvin is heading to new school, Denton Braswell, to be head volleyball coach. Her husband, football and track assistant Johnny Irvin, will be leaving as he heads to Sherman as a football assistant. Coach Owens hired Justin Maness as Lady Cats volleyball coach. Maness was the head coach for the past ten years at Paris Junior College from the program’s beginning until it was recently discontinued.
Math teacher Derrick Tyson, a former offensive coordinator at Lindale and Grand Saline, has been hired to replace Johnny Irvin.
Freshman Football Assistant and Powerlifting Coach Jacob Alford is headed to Melissa near McKinney to become a varsity assistant football position coach. Coach Owens says he is still working to replace Alford.
At Middle School, 27-year coaching veteran Robbie Horton is retiring. She’ll be replaced by trainer Josh Neill, who was originally hired as a trainer and coach. Natalie Martino has been hired as middle school trainer. She is from Stephen F. Austin and her husband is an assistant baseball coach at North East Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant.