Some familiar faces will be filling positions on the Greenville Lions’ coaching staff for the 2019-20 season.
Arian Alford, a former Lady Lion athlete, will be assisting head coach Jenna Sickels with the Greenville volleyball program. Alford, who had been coaching in Royse City, will also assist in softball.
Greg McFee, a former Lion assistant coach, is returning to assist with football. He’ll coach the defensive tackles, said Lions athletic director Darren Duke. McFee will also assist head coach Alex Contreras with track and field.
“He worked for me at (Dallas) Conrad and worked with Coach (Danny) Cobbin at North Mesquite,” said Duke. “We’re glad to get him here.”
Cobbin is the Lions’ defensive coordinator.
Chris Williams, who had been coaching at Bonham, is the Lions’ new head basketball coach in place of Dexter Patrick, who left in the spring to coach at his college alma mater: the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Williams was also a head basketball coach at Lone Oak and was an assistant basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
“I knew him a little bit,” said Duke. “I’m happy to get him here. He lives in the area. He’s passionate about basketball. His heart seems to be in the right place.”
Caitlyn Fowler, who was an assistant coach, is moving up to serve as head softball coach of the Lady Lions. She’s taking over for Robert Woods, who remains on the coaching staff as the coordinator of the Lions’ eighth grade athletic program, according to Duke. Fowler also coached last season with the Lady Lions’ basketball staff.
Te’Kaelon Harris, who has coached at the Greenville Middle School, is moving up to coach wide receivers on the varsity football staff. Matthew Hanson, who coached the receivers and assisted in baseball, is serving in a principal internship program, said Duke.
Drew Austin and Eric Lewis, two more assistant coaches, are also involved in the principal program, according to Duke. Austin had helped coach tennis and Lewis was the GHS girls athletic coordinator. Sickels, who coached the Lady Lions’ volleyball team to a playoff spot, is now the Lady Lions’ athletic coordinator.
Chris James is being promoted from the Greenville Middle School staff to coach freshman football, said Duke. James will also continue to assist Chuck Malmros with the Lions’ soccer program.
Duke said he’s happy that a couple of former players and coaches are returning to Greenville to coach.
“Getting them back is a source of pride with me,” he said.
Duke said the coaches’ previous knowledge of Greenville will help.
“None of them are coming in blind,” he said.