Greenwood Athletic Director Dustin Smith has confirmed several changes to the GHS coaching roster for the upcoming school year in several sports, including two head coaching changes. He also addressed questions about ticket prices and parking passes for football and other sports.
According to Smith, individual game ticket prices for football and all other sports will remain the same for the 2018-19 school year. All-sports passes can be purchased from the athletic department office for $50 each, providing admission to all regular season on-campus sporting events throughout the academic year. Student passes are available for just $20.
On the coaching front, one of the biggest hires for the new school year actually occurred last spring with the addition of Donnie Husband to replace the retiring Greg Nichols as head coach of the boys varsity basketball team.
Like Nichols, Husband has over 30 years of head coaching experience in Oklahoma, including a pair of state titles. His new assistant, Matt Bryant, was also a head coach in the Sooner state and won a state title as well. Bryant replaces the departed Chris Watson, who is now the boys head junior high coach at Ozark.
The new girls varsity assistant coach is Greenwood native Ryan Lensing. He replaces Paul Dean, who was hired as the varsity girls head coach at DeQueen. Lensing will learn from one of the best, current GHS Head Coach Clay Reeves, who already owns seven state titles and lost only one senior off last year's squad that reached the state finals.
Last week the School Board also approved the hiring of Tyler Woods as the new head coach for boys' soccer, replacing Lukas Shoemaker, who returned to Siloam Springs as head coach after just one season with the Bulldogs. Siloam Springs has one of the foremost soccer programs in the state.
Woods, who is married and has a young daughter, comes to Greenwood from Beebe, where he founded the Badgers' soccer program four years ago. He posted a message on his Facebook page last week after his hiring was approved by the School Board.
“I am excited to announce that I have accepted the position at Greenwood High School as the head boys soccer coach! I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to work in such a great school district,” he wrote. “We will miss everyone [in Beebe] but we are excited to start the next chapter of our lives in Greenwood! Go Bulldogs!”
Also this past spring head football coach Rick Jones added two new additions to his staff, Steven Thessing and Brandon Elmore, replacing Kenneth Chick and Josh Nation. Coach Chick, who was a coach in Greenwood for all eight state titles, is now the defensive coordinator at Van Buren, while Coach Nation has taken an administrative position at Greenwood.
Coach Thessing is the former defensive coordinator at Fort Smith Southside. He will coach the safeties for the Bulldogs under defensive coordinator Jason Gill.
Elmore most recently coached at Fort Smith Northside, but also spent time at Mansfield with Coach Gill. He will coach the defensive line.