The Denison athletic department has announced the hiring of Billy Farris to be its head golf coach, making a change with the program for the first time in a decade.


Farris spent the past season as a football assistant, coaching the defensive line, at Plano. Before that he was at McKinney Boyd and also previously been the head golf coach at Center during his 22-year coaching career.


Farris replaces J.C. Doty, who is retiring from his alma mater.


Doty, who currently serves on the Denison City Council, has been the head golf coach for the boys and girls programs since 2011 after spending his first five seasons at Denison as a football and baseball assistant coach.


“My wife and I had discussed it for several years. I just kept saying one more year because it was such a good job and the classroom atmosphere was so great,” Doty said. “We decided this was the year. Now was the right time.”


During Doty’s tenure both squads had success. Last spring, Will Myers qualified for the Class 5A Region II Tournament with a third-place finish in the District 10-5A meet and was in the top 50 at regionals.


The Yellow Jackets qualified for the regional tournament in 2013 as the District 13-4A runner-up. Denison was 11th in the team standings at the Class 4A Region II Tournament and led by Dalton Johnson’s tie for 16th.


In 2012, Ryan Shumaker qualified for regionals as an individual.


The Lady Yellow Jackets took third at the District 5-5A tournament in 2017, finishing one spot out of qualifying for the regional tourney, but Sara Shumaker was able to advance as an individual.


“Most of the kids were new golfers and to see them get better over a three or four year period, to see them become better citizens and people and take that into the world, that’s a big thing for me,” Doty said. “That’s always something I’ve strived for with the program.”