Over the past few years, things have generally fallen into place for Chris Roy. Last summer, he moved from West Forsyth High School to Lambert, as the openings there would let him be a girls basketball assistant coach, the girls golf head coach, and work at the same school as his wife, Rhetta.
After a year at Lambert, things are again moving along for Roy. Former girls basketball head coach Jaime Fisher made the decision to step down after the season to spend more time with her family, particularly her one-year-old son, and Roy submitted his name for the vacancy.
Two weeks ago, he interviewed for the job, and last Tuesday, Roy was introduced to the team as Lambert’s new head coach, the third in the school’s history. He said that he plans to stay in his position as golf coach while leading the girls basketball program.
“Coming over to Lambert, I did not expect all of this,” Roy said. “It wasn’t even in my thought process, to be honest. Thanks just sort of happened pretty quickly.”
Roy wasn’t thinking about opportunities for advancement during the season, putting his focus instead on the Longhorns’ on-court product. Lambert had the demanding task of replacing the all-around production of M.E. Craven, who went down with a knee injury before the season started, but the Longhorns responded capably, finishing 18-10 overall, 9-2 in Region 5-7A play and winning a first-round state playoff game at Mill Creek.
The group Roy will lead next season will be significantly different than the most recent group, as the Longhorns lose seniors like productive post Jaleah Greene, sure-handed point guard Summer Edwards and defensive ace Katie Schwind.
“Any time you have people in new positions, whether it's myself or players in the varsity level, it takes a little bit of time for adjustments,” Roy said. “But we're going to focus on coming in and working hard every day, and having a positive attitude, and trying to get better one day at a time. I feel like if we can follow that process of teamwork and attitude and small improvements on a daily basis, the results will eventually take care of themselves.”
The aspect of familiarity was certainly a plus for Roy’s candidacy, and he made a point to thank Fisher, Longhorns boys basketball coach Scott Bracco, Lambert athletic director Drew Ferrer and Lambert principal Gary Davison, all of whom he has gotten to know over the past year. Much of the work of relationship building that any new coach faces has already been done.
“I have a very good idea of what we need to focus on with these kids that have been in our program,” Roy said.