Lake Dallas’ Van Noy coming back to Guyer as head volleyball coach

Lake Dallas volley ball coach Heather Van Noy strategizes after her team wins a big point against Krum at Lake Dallas High SchoolIf not for timing, Heather Van Noy might have never left the Guyer volleyball program.

Now, after six seasons down the road at Lake Dallas, the former Guyer assistant coach is returning to lead the Lady Wildcats. Van Noy spent the first six seasons of her coaching career as an assistant at Guyer.

“I’m just super excited to come back,” said Van Noy, whose hire was approved Tuesday night by the Denton ISD school board. “It’s such a great opportunity. It’s weird because I’m coming back to where I started. It’s a pretty rare thing.”

Van Noy was a charter staff member at Guyer when it opened in 2005 and served as the varsity assistant coach under current Calvary head coach Jennifer Bramlett. That duo led Guyer on its deepest playoff run in program history. The Lady Wildcats lost in the third round of the 2007 playoffs in what was then known as Class 4A, which is now Class 5A.

See Wednesday’s Denton Record-Chronicle for more on the story.

 

 

Guyer’s Mack stepping away from coaching, assistant to take over

Addie Mack, who coached Guyer's volleyball team for the past five seasons, will step away from the court but remain at the school as a teacher. David Minton/DRC

Addie Mack, who coached Guyer’s volleyball team for the past five seasons, will step away from the court but remain at the school as a teacher. David Minton/DRC

Addie Mack said she realized a personal change might be in order as far back as this past volleyball season in the fall, and on Thursday she made it official.

Mack will step away from coaching volleyball at Guyer High School, where she’s led the program for the past five seasons as the second volleyball coach in school history.

Mack said her growing family made the decision to step down from coaching an easy one. She will continue to teach math at Guyer.

“It was a really tough decision,” Mack said. “With me having my new baby — she just turned 1 — I realized that I needed to put more time and energy into my kids. I realized this past season how much I really missed them. I just knew it’d be best for me and my family to put more time into my family.”

Mack’s teams made the postseason the past four years and claimed district titles in the past three seasons, one of which was a co-championship with Trophy Club Nelson.

The Lady Wildcats made their deepest playoff run in Mack’s tenure, and their deepest in the state’s largest classification, in 2014 when they were eliminated in the third round by state powerhouse Southlake Carroll. Guyer lost to Plano in the bi-district round this past season.

Mack said she was emotional while telling her players on Thursday but let them know she’d still be a part of their lives as a teacher at the school. She also said she would step away and let her former assistant, Erin Harden, run the program the way she sees fit.

“It was a hard thing to do,” Mack said of breaking the news to Guyer’s players. “There were a lot of tears and hugs and well-wishes between the kids and myself. That was pretty tough. They at least know I’m on campus still and I’ll still be a part of their lives.

“But I’m also going to step away and let [Erin] Harden do what she needs to do the program and allow her to run it her own way without me interfering.”

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

The day after: Thoughts on the new 6-6A

The UIL announced the new districts for its realignment at the Birdville Fine Arts Complex in North Richland Hills on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

The UIL announced the new districts for its realignment at the Birdville Fine Arts Complex in North Richland Hills on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

In Sunday’s paper, I wrote about some possible scenarios for Guyer in the newest district alignment following Monday’s biennial UIL realignment. The most logical of the bunch seemed to be a pairing that featured the four schools from Lewisville ISD (all in Denton County) along with old district foes Trophy Club Nelson, Coppell and Southlake Carroll.

It seemed to be a great idea and the most logical way to put Guyer alone in 6A in terms of Denton ISD schools. But as we all know, logic doesn’t always make the cut when it comes to realignment, and the result for Guyer was shocking to pretty much everyone.

Instead, Guyer ended up in the new District 6-6A, not with the Lewisville ISD schools, Nelson and Carroll, but instead with Allen, three Plano schools, two McKinney schools and Wylie??? That means Guyer’s closest trip for a district game will be a 26.6-mile trip through rush hour traffic to Plano West. (Flower Mound Marcus, for instance, would’ve been 7.2 miles). Continue reading

Argyle, Decatur volleyball teams continue rivalry tonight

Argyle senior Katy Keenan (right) and the Lady Eagles will face Decatur tonight in a rematch of last year's 3A Region II quarterfinal game. It might not be the only time the two teams play this season.

Tonight’s volleyball match between Argyle and Decatur could serve as a glimpse of what to expect this postseason.

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