New Girls Bas­ket­ball Coach


McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

The Lady Mus­tangs wel­comed a new as­sis­tant coach, Sarah Gayler to the team. Gayler brings a di­verse re­sume and is a “great ad­di­tion” ac­cord­ing to coach, Blake Short.

An open­ing in the history depart­ment at McDon­ald County High School has led the Lady Mus­tangs get­ting a new as­sis­tant bas­ket­ball coach.

Sarah Gayler ac­cepted a full-time history sub­sti­tute job, but when school of­fi­cials took a look at her re­sume, it was ob­vi­ous that she would be a big as­set to the Lady Mus­tangs bas­ket­ball team as an as­sis­tant to Blake Short.

Gayler re­cently moved to Wyan­dotte, Okla., to be with her mother and a niece and nephew.

“My mom got a lit­tle sick and so I de­cided to take this sea­son to be with her and help with the kids,” Gayler said. “I was just go­ing to sub and do some bas­ket­ball clinics here and there. When I was fill­ing out the ap­pli­ca­tion here, Dr. Stan­ton (su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Mark Stan­ton) saw me and said, ‘If you are go­ing to be here, you might as well get back in coach­ing.’ I would love to be­cause who wants to be away from the game when that is re­ally all you do? It’s my life.”

Gayler at­tended high school in Nor­man, Okla., be­fore play­ing bas­ket­ball for four years at the Univer­sity of New Or­leans. Her coach­ing ca­reer be­gan at the high school level in Car­rolton, Texas, be­fore she got the bug to con­tinue play­ing.

“I went to Hun­gary for a sea­son, but came back and played semipro,” Cayler said. “I fig­ured out my pas­sion was coach­ing men, so from 2010-2013 I worked with the Texas Leg­ends, which is the Dal­las Mav­er­icks de­vel­op­men­tal league team. I wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily on coach­ing staff with them, but worked with the athletic trainer. That put me at ev­ery prac­tice and all the games right be­hind the bench. I was able to learn a lot from the coaches there. At the

time it was Nancy Lieber­man, Del Har­ris and Eddie Na­jera. I was able to learn from some re­ally good peo­ple.”

While with the Leg­ends, Gayler also coached men’s teams, in­clud­ing the Dal­las North Dal­las Van­dals, a feeder team to the de­vel­op­men­tal team. She also served as a strength and con­di­tion­ing coach dur­ing an NFL look­out year and worked with some NFL play­ers.

From there she went to Louisiana for two years be­fore go­ing to Ken­tucky last year.

“I was with a men’s pro­fes­sional team,” Cayler said. “We had for­mer NBA guys and for­mer D-league guys along with for­mer in­ter­na­tional play­ers.”

Short was glad that McDon­ald County was able to get

“She has coached at a lot of lev­els and has re­ally bought into what we are do­ing as a coach­ing staff and as a pro­gram. Ad­ding a woman to the coach­ing staff when you are coach­ing girls is a great thing.” Blake Short Mus­tangs Bas­ket­ball Coach

some­one with Gayler’s ex­pe­ri­ence into the girl’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram.

“Coach Gayler has been a great ad­di­tion for us,” Short said. “She has coached at a lot of lev­els and has re­ally bought into what we are do­ing as a coach­ing staff and as a pro­gram. Ad­ding a woman to the coach­ing staff when you are coach­ing girls is a great thing. She knows the game and un­der­stands what we are want­ing to do. She is good to have around and will ben­e­fit us this year. I look for­ward to work­ing to­gether this year.”

Even though she has ex­pe­ri­ence coach­ing and work­ing with pro­fes­sional men play­ers, Cayler is ex­cited to be coach­ing at MCHS.

“I love these girls,” Cayler said. “They have so much po­ten­tial. I can’t say enough good things about them. Work­ing with Coach Short and Coach Vire has been great. I want to thank Dr. Stan­ton and Nick (athletic di­rec­tor Nick Martin) for giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity.”


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