New leaders of Granbury athletic teams for the 2011-12 school year include a new head powerlifting coach, a new football defensive coordinator, and two new middle school coordinators.
Earl Gandy, who will begin his second year in Granbury, will take the helm of the powerlifting program.According to athletic director Dwight Butler, Gandy was a natural fit for the position vacated by John Contrucci, who departed for Leander High School.
“It was an easy decision to move Earl into this role,” said Butler.“He had been a head powerlifting coach for almost ten years before coming to Granbury, and Earl has a lot of knowledge about the mechanics of leading a successful powerlifting team.”
For the Pirate football team, B.J. Carlton will be the new defensive coordinator in his third year in the school district.“B.J. was an integral part of our defensive resurgence last year, and he has a brilliant defensive mind.He understands our young men and how to motivate them,” commented Butler.Carlton will be stepping into the slot previously held by Tommy Grace, who retired at the end of the school year.
At the middle schools, Gary Childs and Jeff Guelker will be coordinating the Granbury Middle School girls’ teams and the Acton Middle School boys’ teams respectively.
“Gary has been with us for a long time, and he does a great job of mentoring both the young ladies and our coaches.His maturity will be a great asset to advancing the GMS girls' teams,” Butler stated.“Likewise, Jeff will be really good in his new position because of his leadership skills and organization.He’s been here in Granbury a few years now, and Jeff has a great understanding of how to make our student athletes successful.”
Childs and Guelker join district boys coordinator Scotty Pugh, district girls coordinator Leta Andrews, GMS boys coordinator Scott Doran, and AMS girls coordinator Christy Mirizzi.