With the resignation of Bridge City Football Coach/AD Cody McGuire, BC Head Baseball Coach Chad Landry will serve as the interim head football coach next season while Superintendent Dr. Mike Kelly will serve as interim Athletic Director.
“With the resignation this late in the year, we felt it was best to bring in Coach Landry, who is established in the school and community, and knows the kids well,” said Supt. Kelly. “That will give us the opportunity in November/December when football season ends, to begin an extensive search for the best coach for the job.”
Dr. Kelly said he wished McGuire nothing but the best. “He did some good things while he was here. He’s a great family man. And I will continue to follow him where ever he continues coaching.”
Landry talked about taking one for the team. “It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours, I’m excited for the opportunity that Dr. Kelly has afforded me and my family. Our kids are great kids that work hard and want to be coached hard. Can’t wait to get started with our staff and players and look forward to the fall.”
The move is unusual but not unprecedented. Just last season after an 0-3 start, Buna removed their new head coach Gary Kinne and replaced him with longtime baseball coach Kevin Terrier, who lead the Cougars to the playoffs.
So what happened?
Besides the 5-15 start, Coach McGuire purchased a mobile sno-cone truck and called it Coach’s Cones earlier this spring. It didn’t sit well with some BC brass. Some felt the AD/HFC position is a full time position.
“I was asked to resign,” McGuire told KOGT. “They didn’t like that I left during school a couple of times to sell sno-cones.”
Dr. Kelly responded with “no comment” because it was a personnel matter.
In a text to his players, Coach McGuire said, “Sorry this is the way this has to happen. I was going to tell you guys in person on Saturday but it’s out now and I want you to hear it from me. I was asked to resign on Wednesday, I officially turned in my resignation yesterday. I’m sorry we will not get to finish what we started but I know you guys will do well next year. I Love you guys and if there is anything I can do for you let me know. God Bless and Good luck to y’all!”
The Cardinals were 5-15 under McGuire. They were 4-6 in the first season with promise. “I really think we make the playoffs if our quarterback doesn’t get hurt,” McGuire said.
The second season there was plenty of excitement going into the campaign with the new turfed field. BC started 1-1 with the win over those Buna Cougars. But then the wheels fell off. QB injuries was again a theme as BC went through four of them, including converted receivers. BC would finish 1-9 and outscored 37-378.
McGuire had recently hired former Sulphur Head Coach Chris Towery to be the new offensive coordinator. The third in as many seasons. He now has options but Landry hopes he stays, saying “He’s a good one.”
We wish Coach McGuire, Coach Landry, and BC the best as this transition continues.
-Gary Stelly, KOGT-