BRYAN -- John Shelton is coming off the most successful season in the history of the Lady Viking Basketball program, and even though next year's team has a chance to win the regional championship, he announced to his team today that he's leaving the Vikings and moving across town to the brand new Rudder High School.
Although it will be the same position at a smaller classification, (3A instead of 5A), he says he couldn't turn down a chance to do something that most coaches only dream of.
"This is just an opportunity that a lot of coaches don't get. I'm getting to a point now that it's going to be a great challenge to start a program basically from scratch," said Shelton.
"We don't even have a school yet, but to be able to put your signature on a beginning program, we'll post the first win, hopefully the first district championship and maybe even a state championship," added the former Viking Head Coach.
Shelton arrived at Bryan High 4 years ago after a very successful run at Class 2A Buffalo. In the 4 years, the Vikings have won 118 games and lost only 28, including 3 district championships, and a regional runner-up finish this season.
"Coach (Carlos) Daniels is going with me to the new school, he was with me at Buffalo. We were able to keep our tradition going from a small school to a large school and the system that we try to implement will work at any level and we're going to take it with us to Rudder," commented Shelton.
The Vikings will lose 7 seniors off last year's team that posted a school record 35 and 6 record that ended in a 69-53 loss to Rockwall in the Class 5A Region II girls basketball championship at the Ferrell Center in Waco two weeks ago.
There's certainly plenty of reason to stay with what some believe will be a stronger team next season, but a once in a lifetime chance to build a program from the ground up was something he has always wanted to do.
"I'm just leaving for the challenge. It's going to be a great challenge. I think we'll have the same support over there that we had here. It's something I'm looking forward to, I think we're going to have two high schools in Bryan that will be very successful, concluded Shelton.