The winds of change are blowing across the Central Louisiana girls basketball scene.
Four Central Louisiana schools will have new coaches roaming the sidelines for the 2015-16 season.
District 3-3A will have three new girls basketball coaches, while Grant will have a change at the top of its girls and boys programs.
Buckeye hired former Menard girls basketball coach Tonya McIntosh for its vacancy.
McIntosh, who also played and coached at Louisiana College and was inducted to the school’s hall of fame in 2008, also held jobs at Anacoco, Jena and her alma mater, Zwolle.
“We’re really excited about her,” Buckeye athletic director Jonathan Landry said. “Her resume and her career speaks for itself. She was a great player at Louisiana College and coached there. She’s made several different stops, too. She’s been out of coaching for a couple of years, but we’re thrilled to death of having her. I think she’s going to do a tremendous job and get our program to where it needs to be.”
Bolton is moving down to 3-3A for the next two seasons, but that is not stopping the school from going to one of its former district rivals to fill its vacancy.
Former Leesville coach Eric Guidry will be the Lady Bruins’ new coach after guiding the Lady Cats to an 18-10 record and to the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs in his lone season.
It has been six seasons since Bolton has made the playoffs, but Guidry is confident that they can return with a strong frontcourt leading the way.
“They are really big and willing to work,” Guidry said. “The pieces are there and I feel good in us getting there.”
Fellow district adversary Peabody is also looking for a new coach after the unfortunate passing of Michael Burks.
The Lady Warhorses were a team of destiny last season as they won the District 3-4A title and made it to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs under assistant coach Brandy Kenney.
While there has been no announcement yet, Peabody athletic director Charles Smith said that one should come soon.
Grant finished second behind Peabody for the 3-4A title with a senior-laden group, but will have to get adjusted to a new coach as well with Dustin Howard leading the pack.
Howard spent the last three seasons at East Texas Baptist, but is best remembered for his time at Plainview from 2008-2012.
In that four-year stretch, the Lady Hornets went 110-44 and won the 2010 LHSAA Class C title. He also earned a pair of LSWA Coach of the Year awards in 2010 and 2012.
Grant also made a change in boys hoops as Chad Sears takes over for Gene Wright.
After serving as an assistant at Pineville, Sears will try to bring the Cougars back to prominence.
His father, Warren, coached Grant to three district titles and the 1986 Class 3A championship game against St. Thomas More.