A couple of weeks ago, Rodney Guin’s daughter Mallory delivered his first grandchild, Hart Alvarado.
Guin, who had spent 16 years as the head football coach at Haughton High School, stepped down following the 2015 season and guided the wide receivers at Calvary Baptist Academy last year.
Thursday, Calvary named Guin the head football coach of the Cavaliers.
Instead of simply “grandpa,” the “coach” label fits Guin nicely once again.
“That ‘grandpa’ had to go,” Guin joked.
Guin, now also Calvary’s athletic director, replaces John Bachman Sr., who was dismissed last week. Bachman was 58-19 in six seasons with the Cavaliers and won back-to-back state championships (2013-14).
“I’m looking forward to it,” Guin told The Times. “A lot of the same coaches are there, so it’s not going to be much of a change. We have to continue on. They’ve built a great program there. Our job is to keep it going.”
Said Calvary superintendent Chad McDowell: “Coach Guin is a man of integrity and impacts kids daily in the classroom. He is a difference-maker.
“Coach Guin is the epitome of a Champion of Character that possesses the five core values: respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, servant-leadership and integrity. To have a coach of his caliber, experience and character lead your program — how you gonna beat that?”
Guin posted a 126-57 record as Haughton’s head coach, earned the most victories in school history and qualified for the playoffs every year. During that time, the Buccaneers produced Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys’ star quarterback who earned The Times’ All-City Offensive Player of the Year as a Haughton senior in 2010.
“I’m happy for him. He’s a great coach,” Prescott told The Times following Thursday’s practice at The Star in Frisco, Texas. “He’s played a big role in what I’m doing today, where I am, the way I got to college. He’s supported me throughout. I can’t be happier for him.”
Ronnie Alexander will continue to serve as Calvary’s defensive coordinator. Former offensive coordinator Jason Bachman recently took another job, and how Guin fills that position will be determined down the road.
Guin has an unusual perspective on the LHSAA’s public-private split.
“I’m one of the few that have seen both sides of that,” Guin said. “I can tell you the kids are no different at one school or the other. I figured that out really quick.
“Hopefully they’ll do something. I’m not fired up about how watered down the playoffs are. If they don’t put everybody back together, they need to eliminate some classes.”