New Richmond Hill High School head football coach Lyman Guy appeared before football booster club members at their meeting Wednesday to answer questions and lay out some of his plans for the program.
He took the top spot Tuesday when Brian Brocato was dismissed.
"Me and Brian are good friends," Guy told the group. "I hate that things happened the way they did. We’re disappointed in Brian’s departure, but at the same time we’ve got a job to do."
Brocato recently achieved an administrative degree, and Guy said he and Brocato had discussed Guy taking over the program next year while Brocato pursued an administrative position.
Guy said he did not expect the transition to occur this soon, but, nonetheless, things are running smoothly thus far.
He came straight from the first day of practice as head coach to the Gridiron Club meeting.
"Nobody quit the team and all coaches are intact," Guy said. "They’ve all said the decision (to oust Brocato) has not diminished their commitment to the team."
Guy went on to discuss some of his goals and visions for the program.
Guy said he has spoken with Richmond Hill Middle School football Coach Randall Boone about bridging the gap between their two programs. This includes an open invitation for middle school players to come out and visit the high school team.
Guy acknowledged the fact that the Wildcats were predicted by some critics to lose the following Friday Burke County game by a deficit of 70 points.
Booster President Butch Broome said the club realizes "these changes are not going to happen overnight and these next few Friday nights are going to be a big struggle. You have our full support and I think you are quite possibly the key to bringing big time football back to Richmond Hill."
Guy said his goal was to win championships at Richmond Hill.