Skip Townsend’s retirement could have dealt a big blow to the Argyle girls basketball program, but the Lady Eagles will likely not exit the realm of state powerhouses any time soon.
The Argyle school district recently named Chance Westmoreland, the former head girls basketball coach at Brock High School, to the girls head coaching position at Argyle High School, where he will also serve as the Girls Athletic Director.
The two-time state champion brings with him another special pedigree as well.
“I was Coach Townsend’s assistant at Brock for seven years before he accepted the job at Argyle in 2011,” Westmoreland said.
Brock won state championships in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 under the leadership of Townsend and Westmoreland, and Westmoreland won two state titles of his own in 2012 and 2013.
“I wasn’t planning on leaving Brock, but when the opportunity at Argyle came open, I felt like it was a situation that I couldn’t turn down,” Westmoreland said. “I love the administration side of athletics so getting the opportunity to be girls coordinator and head girls basketball coach was a big draw. During my six years at Brock I feel like I’ve been able to put my stamp on the program and keep it at a high level.”
Brock reached the state finals in 2014 and 2016 and Westmoreland said he wants to make sure that it is more of the same for Argyle.
“I decided to accept the coaching position at Argyle because of their excellence in academics and athletics,” Westmoreland said. “After interviewing with Dr. (Telena) Wright, Coach (Todd) Rodgers, and Mr. (James) Hill, I felt like Argyle was a great fit for my family and I. Argyle has been at the top of 4A in girls basketball, and I look forward to trying to keep the Lady Eagle basketball program at a high level.”
Westmoreland’s coaching philosophy is multifaceted and involves much more than just basketball.
“I believe the role of a coach is more than just winning games,” Westmoreland said. “I would like for the players to learn many positive lessons by being a part of the Lady Eagle basketball program. Being a great teammate, handling adversity, and working hard for your goals, are just a few of the aspects that I want our players to learn.”
The incoming coach’s objective is in his new position is pretty straightforward.
“My goal is the keep the Argyle Girls basketball program as one of the top programs in the state,” Westmoreland said. “I believe the Lady Eagle basketball program is one of the best in the state because of the kids that are in it. I want to keep pushing these kids to do their best in athletics and academics.”