expresses high expectations for program.
Greenville's new head football coach and athletic director Gary Autry
high expectations for the Lions should match those of the fans.Here the fans expect to win and we expect to win , said Autry
.We always expect to win..Autry
, hired by the Greenville Independent School District's Board of Trustees on Monday night , visited with the GISD administrators on Wednesday morning and then with some of the GHS coaches and players in the offseason football program.He
will officially start work on March 26.He
not worried about the Board's 4-3 vote.I don't let those type of things bother me , he
said.I think the community will be very supportive here.We're going to do the right thing in football..Autry
excited about the opportunity to carry on the success that coach Marvin Sedberry enjoyed with the Lions during the past six seasons.The Lions went 54-19-1 during that period , with six playoff trips , five district titles , five bi-district championships and two regional crowns.
I can't be Coach Sedberry , said Autry
, whose career record is 159-82-4.We're looking to continue working these kids to be successful..Autry
won seven district championships in Van Buren , Ark. , from 1984 to 1996 , plus the 4A state championship in 1996 and also reached the Arkansas state finals in 1990.He's
coached the last four seasons on the Texas Gulf Coast at Rockport-Fulton , where he
turned around a winless program.Prior to Autry's arrival in 1997 , the Pirates had gone 0-29-1 after moving up from Class 3A.His
first Pirate team was 2-8 but his
last three went 7-4 , 7-4 and 13-1 with three trips to the playoffs.Rockport was certainly a good place to be , he
said.The 13-1 team , which reached the Class 4A state quarterfinals , averaged 359.9 yards and 35 points per game for the season , scoring 70 touchdowns.The Pirates relied on the same wishbone offense that Autry is planning to operate with the Lions
.We call it a wishbone , he
said.A multi-formation wishbone..The Lions' overall team speed will help make the triple-option offense work , according to Autry
.I think it's the best offense there is for utilizing speed , he
also said the Lions will play an exciting brand of football..Autry
used a 50 jam defense at Rockport-Fulton that featured the deployment of outside linebackers rather than defensive ends.
...Autry was a defensive coordinator at Mena High School in Arkansas and Highland High School in Ewing , Mo. , before becoming the head football coach in 1977 at his alma mater in Van Buren
played football , basketball and baseball at Van Buren High School
and competed in track and field.He was a tight end-linebacker in football and wound up playing at Missouri Southern after spending a couple of years at the University of Arkansas
family includes wife Lisa and daughter Laura , who is a high school freshman.We want to be a part of the community , he
wants the whole athletic program to be successful.I think the key to the entire athletic program is the strength program , he
said.As for the coaches currently on the staff he
said , I'm not coming in here to run a bunch of people off..Autry
hasn't made a decision yet whether the Lions' football team will go through three weeks of spring training or opt for the extra week of two-a-day workouts in the fall.He
said that decision rests on when he
can put together a staff of assistants.Autry
will have to replace at least two coaches on the football staff.