CHICKASHA– With the men’s soccer team making the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship tournament five seasons straight, the Drovers starting goalkeeper, senior Bryan Byars, gets a jump start on the sidelines as he takes his first head coaching position.
Byars was hired to replace former Drover player Scott Parkinson as head coach of the Chickasha Chicks boy’s soccer team. Parkinson accepted an assistant coach position at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in May.
Byars will be involved with the Chicks during the fall with offseason workouts and preparing the team for the 2015 campaign while balancing his life as a player and full-time student at Oklahoma’s only public liberal arts college, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said Byars is a good choice for the community.
“Bryan Byars will be a great addition to Chickasha HS. He will do an outstanding job and represent Chickasha High and the community in a positive light,” Hampton said.
Although this is his first head coaching position he was the boys’ assistant coach in the spring of 2014 under Parkinson.
Hampton believes that Byars taking over head coaching duties will help the Chicks back to the state tournament and bring back a state title, which hasn’t been done since 2002, Hampton’s last year coaching the Chicks.
“I’m looking for the Chicks to return to the state title game under his guidance and get back to one of the elite programs in the state,” Hampton said.
Being in his final season as a Drover, Byars is looking to continue his record-setting pace at USAO.
Byars currently holds the school career records in goalie wins and shutouts. Additionally he is looking into his final season to move closer to the top of goals against average where he currently sits in second with a 0.70 average.
The Drovers start the 2014 season on the road at Bethany College on Aug. 28. They play one more away game in Kansas before their home opener against Our Lady of the Lake on Sept. 5. Kick off for that game is set for 3 p.m. Full schedule