Whitewright will have a pair of new leaders for girls athletics after hiring head coaches for volleyball and girls basketball.
Kailey Marsh was named to lead the volleyball program while David Guadiano will take over the girls hoops squad.
Guadiano is replacing Blaze Blain, who is moving over to boys athletics. The Lady Tigers went 14-22 overall and advanced to the playoffs after a being part of a three-way tie in District 10-3A this past season, which was Blain’s third leading the program.
Whitewright’s late push during the last two weeks forced a tie for third with Leonard and Van Alstyne. The Lady Tigers beat Van Alstyne in the first part of the tie-breaker to clinch a postseason berth following a one-year absence and then got the fourth seed with a loss to Leonard.
Whitewright then was beaten in the bi-district round by 9-3A champion Ponder.
Guadiano spent last season as the girls athletic coordinator and the head coach for girls hoops and both cross-country teams at Celeste. The Lady Blue Devils went 11-20 and finished fourth in District 13-2A, ending the season with a bi-district loss against region runner-up Martin’s Mill.
Before that he was at Sam Rayburn for a decade and made the playoffs eight times, including a region runner-up finish in 2012 and another region tourney appearance in 2014, and won six district titles with Guadiano being named district Coach of the Year five times.
Guadiano also was the cross country and golf coach with both programs having multiple regional qualifiers and cross country produced three state qualifiers — all firsts for the program — during his tenure.
He was the head girls basketball coach at Denison from 2006-07 to 2008-09 when he decided to leave for Sam Rayburn.
Guadiano started his career as the athletic director, head football and head boys basketball coach at Dallas Academy from 2000-03 and then spent three years as the head boys basketball coach at Taylor High School before arriving at Denison.
Marsh takes over for Ashley Murphy, who will remain the girls athletic coordinator and head girls track coach. The Lady Tigers went 4-28 overall and 0-12 in 10-3A play this past fall in Murphy’s lone season in charge of the program after being elevated from an assistant role.
It was the second straight season Whitewright went winless in district play after compiling a 10-26 overall mark in 2018. The Lady Tigers were 15-20 and 4-8 in district play in 2017.
Marsh will try to elevate a program that was re-started in 2008 and has made the playoffs just once since then, losing in the first round in 2014.
She spent this past school year as the girls athletic coordinator at Clark Junior High in the Princeton ISD, coaching volleyball and track.
In the three seasons prior to that she was the head volleyball coach at Greenville Christian and served as the athletic director for the final two.
Marsh led the Lady Eagles to at least a share of the district title each season — winning district Coach of the Year accolades twice — and a trio of TAPPS state quarterfinal appearances.
She is a former standout for Keller and played at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Whitewright will be in District 11-3A for both sports with Bells, Blue Ridge, Bonham, Gunter, Howe, Leonard and Pottsboro for the next two years as dictated by the latest University Interscholastic League realignment.