The Van Alstyne High School Athletic Department and the Lady Panthers basketball team welcomed Head Coach Tyler Dyer on June 2.

“(I’m looking forward to) getting to know the kids, getting to know what their strengths and weaknesses are and how to put the pieces together and how to win some games next year,” Dyer said, as he met with 15 players and parents for an introductory meeting and team orientation.

“I see some talent coming up and some talent coming back next year, so we have a chance to do some really good things over the year,” Dyer said.

Dyer returns to Van Alstyne this season after working the 2015-2016 season as the assistant coach for the Van Alstyne High School Panthers boys basketball team. Despite having success with the program and taking the Whitewright boys basketball team to the bi-district playoffs, Dyer found himself wishing to return to VAHS, saying he admired “how good the community was, how good the kids were how good the staff and just everybody was.”

Van Alstyne has become a favorite home for Dyer and his family.

“It’s just a great place for me to come and help build the program, a place for my kids to go to school and just a great community to be in hopefully for a long while,” Dyer said.

Dyer says one of the things he loves the most about being a coach and instructor is helping athletes achieve success.

“It is fun to watch them grow and get better and improve,” he said.

Dyer said he relates to his athletes after having been in their shoes as a player. While he may not be able to compete on the court himself, Dyer enjoys the natural progression and higher stakes competition from player to coach.

“Also, it’s the competition, when you get out of playing or competing on that level you have to find another way to keep that competitive nature going,” he said.

Dyer added that the team is looking forward to the upcoming season.

“I think they’re excited, they’re ready,” Dyer said. “I think it’s going to be a good, it’s a good fit.”

The Van Alstyne Lady Panthers will next be playing in a Caddo Mills summer league starting on Monday followed by a yet-to-be-announced league matchup on July 10.

Dyer recommended that any student athletes interested in earning a spot on the team in the upcoming summer take advantage of “any time you get in the gym, or open gym,” or “any time you can get a basketball in your hand.”

Dyer has been a coach for more than 12 years, but this is his first time coaching girls in a while.

“But I think it’s going to be good, I’m very excited and ready to get rolling,” he said.

Van Alstyne High School has made its gym facilities available to the students in the athletic program over the summer to help them stay fit and improve their chances for an exceptional performance in the 2017-2018 seasons.

“The community and the facilities and the gym, it is pretty first class here,” Dyer said of the resources made available to the students by Van Alstyne High School.

The first scrimmage and game of the season is on the books for November. The team is expecting four starters to return in early November.