By BRAD KEITH
(May 29, 2017) — Lingleville is entering the month of June without a single boys coach on staff, and girls programs are also affected by two recent departures.
Head boys basketball coach Doug Galyean resigned to accept the same job at nearby 2A Santo, and football head coach Troy Sparks has since resigned, as well, confirmed LISD superintendent Curt Haley in a Tuesday phone interview.
“I’m looking for coaches again,” said Haley. “We’ve got to keep finding good ones the way we have the past several years so we can build on the success we have had and continue to head in a positive direction with our boys programs.”
Galyean had two successful seasons on the hardwood, stretching the Cardinals’ ongoing streak of area-round playoff wins to six. He led Lingleville to its fifth consecutive regional tournament appearance in 2016 and fell one round short in 2017, when the Cardinals had their wings clipped in the regional quarterfinals by longtime rival Graford.
Galyean has a vast amount of experience, even including a junior college coaching job. He had retired before returning to the bench at Linglville and continuing the success established by Jance Morris from 2009-10 until 2011-12 and Kade Eckert from 2012-13 through 2014-15.
“We’ve had some good kids and some really good coaches since this run began,” said Haley of the basketball success. “If you got back to the start of the 2011-12 season, we don’t have many losses since then.”
Morris has since been boys head coach at 4A Perryton and just last week was named boys head coach at 6A Odessa High. Eckert has been girls head coach at 2A Harper, his hometown about 80 miles northwest of San Antonio, in the two years since he left Lingleville.
Sparks led the football program the last two years without reaching the playoffs, and both he and Galyean divided up duties with other sports. Sparks’ biggest success story at Lingleville came this spring when all three girls relay teams – the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 meter events – placed second at regionals, qualifying a school-record five athletes for the UIL Track & Field State meet in Austin.