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May 16, 2014

Dawkins hanging up the whistle at Brook Hill

Agnew to take over reins of Guard hoops program

BULLARD —  After prowling the sidelines at Lueders-Avoca, Clyde, Chapel Hill, Whitehouse and for the past six seasons at The Brook Hill School, veteran East Texas boys basketball coach Wally Dawkins has announced that he has decided to step down as the Guard's hoops mentor.

Dawkins will stay on at Brook Hill as Athletic Director and Development Department Assistant. More specifically, he will be working with the 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys at Brook Hill Middle School, in preparing them to become productive players at the high school level.

Dawkins' teams won 125 games during his tour of duty at Brook Hill. His reign will be long remembered for getting Brook Hill into the TAPPS Final Four in 2009, 2010 and 2014.

Dawkins amassed 689 victories over his 33-year career as a head coach.

Another astonishing statistic is the fact that the last 27 Dawkins coached teams have posted winning records.

Dawkins, who is from Abilene, will be replaced by another Abilene-area product in Jacob Agnew, who hails from Clyde.

Agnew should be no stranger to Guard fans as he has served as Brook Hill's assistant varsity and head junior varsity boys basketball coach for the past three seasons.

Agnew played college basketball at Lubbock Christian University and is well thought of at Brook Hill, not only for his basketball wisdom, but his fine teaching skills as well.

Earlier this year Agnew was named as the Upper School “Teacher of the Year”.

This will be Agnew's first foray as a head coach.

With eight key returnees on the roster for 2014-15, Agnew should have plenty of talent to work with, however.

Speaking of work, word is Agnew has already begun planning summer basketball camps as well as developing off-season programs for the Guard players.

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