High School Sports

SLO High hires Guy for girls basketball

San Luis Obispo High has hired Keith Guy to be its new head girls varsity basketball coach, Tigers athletic director Vic Ecklund announced Thursday.

Guy will take over for Mike Godsey, who went 29-26 over the past two years, both of which culminated in CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoff berths.

Godsey, also an assistant baseball coach at the school, stepped down from his basketball post earlier this offseason to spend more time with his family, which is expecting a newborn soon.

Guy, 49, who’s retired from a career in financial services software, will be a first-year varsity coach, as much of his background is at the youth and club levels. He previously showed interest in the Mission Prep girls basketball coaching position when it was available in 2006, he said.

“I’ve been interested in it for a while,” Guy said of the Tigers job. “I’m just trying to help out the best I can.

“I’d like to give (the Tigers’ players) the opportunity to increase their level of understanding of how to play the game.”

San Luis Obispo is set to lose only two seniors from this year’s largely young third-place PAC 7 finisher.

“I love their potential for next year,” Godsey said. “They should be able to compete with anybody.

“He’s been a very active parent,” Godsey said of Guy. “I wish him the best. He’s going to have a lot more time than I will, and the motivation is certainly there.”

Guy said that ideally, he would like to hold the position long-term.

One of Guy’s primary goals for the program, he said, is to increase team turnout at its lower levels. Three years ago, for instance, the school was unable to field a freshman team because of low turnout.

Ecklund said the program was not deterred by Guy’s relative lack of experience at the varsity level.

“He’s a basketball person,” Ecklund said. “He studies the game at all levels. We liked his philosophy. He’ll have a good demeanor with the girls, and his approach to basketball fit what ours was.”Two weeks ago, the Tigers hired Jim Thompson, a former longtime successful baseball coach at the school, to take over their boys basketball program after five-year coach John Jensen stepped down from that position.