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Greg Priest the Lone Finalist For Tyler ISD Athletic Director

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Greg Priest will be recommended as the next athletic director for Tyler ISD at a June 23 board meeting. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

TYLER — Greg Priest will be recommended as the next athletic director of Tyler ISD during the next Board of Trustees meeting on June 23.

Pending board approval, Priest will officially take over AD responsibilities July 1.

Priest, a native of Canton who has spent the last 11 seasons as men’s golf coach at Baylor, will replace Rodney Kaspar, who resigned in May after serving as Tyler ISD AD for three years.

Under Priest, the Baylor golf program qualified for the NCAA tournament 10 times, including a championship run in 2009-10. Prior to his stint at Baylor, Priest was an assistant at Texas from 2000-03 and the men’s and women’s head coach from 1998-2000.

Upon earning his degree from East Texas State University — now known as Texas A&M-Commerce — Priest was the head golf coach at Pleasant Grove High School in 1994-95 before enjoying a two-year run heading up the program at Tyler Junior College.

Kaspar, who said he plans on retiring, was responsible for the hiring of the current high school head football coaches in Tyler ISD — John Tyler’s Ricklan Holmes and Tyler Lee’s Darrell Piske, who both will be entering their third season on the job this fall.

The outgoing AD also oversaw the installation of new artificial turf and lighting at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Kaspar was instrumental in instituting the Tyler ISD Athletic Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in 2013, as well.

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