For Brackett High’s newest coach, joining the Tigers staff is a homecoming.
J.J. Guidry, a 1991 graduate of Brackett High, was recently hired to serve as the head boys basketball coach and the football team’s offensive coordinator. He will also teach 11th grade U.S. history.
“My family and I are very excited to be in Brackettville. My children have never lived near family, so it is awesome that they finally get to experience that. My late grandfather Charles Koch and my uncle Tony Koch both coached in Brackett, so I grew up loving the Tigers,” Guidry said. “There is a pride in this community that doesn’t exist in many others, and we are proud to be a part of it. It’s always rewarding when you build relationships and positively influence young people’s lives. It is even more special when you have existing relationships with their family because that bond strengthens the relationship with students that much more.”
Del Rioans may remember Guidry as the News-Herald’s sports editor during the early 1990’s, but he has made his name in coaching. He had stops at Eldorado, Kermit, Blooming Grove and Buffalo before arriving in Brackett.
And he has found success nearly everywhere he’s gone.
Guidry was a co-defensive coordinator at Kermit, where the Yellow Jackets advanced to the regional semifinals in 2007 and had a perfect 10-0 regular season in 2008.
At Blooming Grove in 2012, Guidry, who served as the assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator, helped guide the Lions to the school’s first winning season in 15 years and the most wins in 21 years.
The next season, Guidry helped Blooming Grove to the school’s first playoff win in 36 years and back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 23 years.
Success followed Guidry to Buffalo where in 2016, the Bison were 8-4 overall, claiming the school’s first playoff win in 55 years, and only the second playoff win in school history. The next season, they finished 10-2 overall, winning back-to-back bi-district championships for the first time in school history. It was only the second 10-win season in school history, and the first in 65 years.
The key to Guidry’s football success has been in what he calls his “Bone and Shoot” offense. The Thundering Herd was first in the state in Class 3A in rushing, averaging 351 yards per game, and scored 478 points, the most in school history. Buffalo led the state in 3A in total offense in 2015, averaging 481 yards per game.
As successful as Guidry has been on the gridiron, his basketball teams have been even greater.
He coached in the TABC state all-star basketball game as well as the Azalea Orthopedics all-star game. He has also been named the Texas Assistant Coach of the Year by the TABC, and has also received District Coach of the Year honors in both basketball and softball.
At Kermit, Guidry guided his boys to back-to-back 20-win seasons. The finished 24-6 in 2009 and finished ranked in the top 20 in the state in Class 2A. The Yellow Jackets also won the district title, going unbeaten and averaging 70 points and forcing 29 turnovers per game along the way.
While at Buffalo, where he also served as athletic coordinator and head girls basketball coach, Guidry helped lead the Lady Bison to at least 20 wins each season he was there including 2017 when Buffalo finished 28-5 and was the state runner-up to Canadian, bowing out in the title game, 51-49.
The year prior, Buffalo went unbeaten in the regular season and finished 29-1 overall, falling to Little River Academy in the regional finals. They finished No. 5 in the state in Class 3A.
Guidry is also a published author. He spent part of this summer promoting his book, “The Unstoppable Motion Offense,” which breaks down the popular basketball offense and explains its nuisances.