Gandy’s exit leaves RHS in double jeopardy

While Rockdale is losing a top notch coach in Earl Gandy, his departure leaves the Tigers in double jeopardy as he takes his stepson Tyler Wright with him.

Wright was scheduled to become Rockdale’s starting quarterback next season. Not to mention Wright was a foursport letterman.

Now, Jeff Miller will have to scramble to make a quarterback out of someone who has varsity experience or depend on last season’s junior varsity starter Miguel Alonzo or even freshman Ethan Brinkley.

Miller has also been experimenting with Daniel Brooks and Terral Dixon in the “wildcat” formation where the snap goes directly to them in the backfield, which they did several times during the 2009 season.

Gandy, who was with Miller at Jacksboro and made the move here, is heading for Class 4A Granbury, which is located southwest of Fort Worth and is in a district with state power Stephenville.

Gandy Gandy The Pirates are 1-19 the past two seasons under former University of Texas star Scotty Pugh and haven’t made a playoff appearance since 1977.

His departure has caught everyone off guard, since it involves moving Wright on the eve of his senior year.

Miller would not comment because Gandy’s resignation is not official, only to say, “It was a surprise.”

Gandy was the Tigers’ offensive line coach as well as the powerlifting coach and golf coach where he led the Rockdale boys team to two district championships and to its first trip to the state golf tournament just last week.

“It was a tough decision, but one we had to make for our family to move back closer to grandparents and the boys dad,” Gandy said. “ I have enjoyed my time in Rockdale and will miss the kids and people of this town that took us in as one of their own, and always made us feel welcomed. I am extremely proud to have coached the athletes here in Rockdale and will continue to root for these kids always.”

Gunter gone

After just two years at the helm of the Rockdale softball program, Kristen Gunter is moving on.

Gunter, who’s first job was here, led the Lady Tigers to two playoff appearances and a 29-27 overall mark.

However, Gunter is not leaving for another job, she is just getting out of coaching.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I got to coach such great kids and the support that was shown to myself and the program,” Gunter said. “I am sad to be leaving the school district but will forever be thankful for the relationships I have gained.

“I cant wait to come back and see the continued progress of the program. They have a great road ahead of them and I’m proud to say I had a part.”

She guided Rockdale to its first playoff victory since 2006 two weeks ago against Huffman Hargrave before losing the series.

“It’s a blow to our program,” Miller said. “We’re grateful we had her. She’s an outstanding young lady and young coach.

“I know it was hard for her because she loves the school and loves the girls.”

Walt Mangan, who coincindentally was Gunter’s coach in high school, will take over the reigns of the program after being hired just two months ago.

Gunter was an All-American performer at Brenham and was an all-conference player at both Texas A&M and Texas State.

The Lady Tigers will have seven starters returning next season.

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