ETSN.fm Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Ron Boyett
When White Oak won the 2011-12 Class 2A boys basketball state championship, the buzz immediately started about back-to-back titles.
Roughneck fans knew veteran coach Ron Boyett would have 6-foot-7 Levi Yancy, spark plug point guard Kris Anderson, and sharpshooter Skylar Sutton back in the starting lineup for the 2012-13 season. But Boyett knew repeating would be far from easy.
Nevertheless, the White Oak graduate leaned on the aforementioned seniors while working new faces into their roles, and the result was indeed a second consecutive state championship. For his efforts, Boyett is the 2013 ETSN.fm Boys Basketball Super Team Coach of the Year.
"We have been incredibly blessed over the past two seasons and it's been a very humbling experience," Boyett said. "Considering all of the players and coaches that never have the opportunity to win a single state championship, much less back-to-back championships, it's just been an unbelievable experience for our program, school, and community."
Boyett said his dream when he went to Stephen F. Austin State as a college student was to get his degree and some day return to White Oak to be the Roughnecks' head basketball coach.
"Fortunately, God opened the doors for that to happen and for the past 25 years I've gotten to do exactly what I wanted to do every single day while getting to call it a job," Boyett said. "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity I have been given."
The next task Boyett faces is replacing Anderson, Sutton, and Yancy, who combined to average 37 points per game this season, when they provided all the leadership the Roughnecks needed on the floor.
Boyett explained that the mentality remains unchanged, regardless of the players.
"We approach every season the same. We will trust the process that we go through each year and attempt to maximize our potential," Boyett said. "As long as we do that, we will have the peace of mind of knowing we were successful and we will live with the results that come our way. I believe one of the main reasons for our success has been our teams' ability to avoid the temptation of concentrating on results while instead choosing to pay attention to the day-to-day details that lead to a positive result."