On the heels of two straight state championships, longtime Guyer assistant Oschlor Flemming is striking while the iron is hot.
The running backs coach and special teams coordinator, who was the first non-Brownwood hire made by Guyer head coach John Walsh when he came to Denton from Brownwood in 2005, has accepted the head coaching position at Fort Bend Dulles.
The lifelong Denton resident, who attended Ryan prior to coaching at Strickland Middle School and Guyer, is now set to move away from Denton for the first time since he left to play college football at Texas A&M — the only five years he hasn’t lived in Denton. Flemming was the second Ryan player to earn a Division I football scholarship and still holds the single-game record with 237 rushing yards in 1998 against Burkburnett.
Dulles, which will play in the new District 23-6A, went 4-6 last season under Jim Creech, who retired after 20 years as the Vikings’ head coach with seven playoff appearances. In 2012, Dulles won its first playoff game in 16 years, and the Vikings reached the 5A state quarterfinals in 1994.
Walsh was 32 years old when he got the Guyer job and knows the challenges the 33-year-old Flemming might face early on. In Guyer’s first two varsity seasons, the Wildcats went 1-19 before reaching at least the state semifinal in five of the past six seasons. Guyer has had two 1,000-yard running backs in each of the past two seasons.
Flemming will have control of the offense, while also being the head coach — the same as Walsh at Guyer. Flemming’s mentor said he’s ready for the responsibility.
“I’ve leaned on him in huge ballgames — state games — for conversion calls or big calls; he’s ready for that,” Walsh said. “It’s a transition when you’re having to think about time of possession, field position and calling plays as a head coach and coordinator. It took me some time. He’ll transition fast, though. He’s intelligent. He’ll figure out quick.”
Flemming is set to start his new job on March 17. Guyer receivers coach Russ Phillips, the former Ponder head football coach and Lewisville track coach, will assume Flemming’s role as the boys head track coach at Guyer, a job Flemming has held since 2008.
Look for more on this, including thoughts from Flemming, in Thursday’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.