One of the top athletic programs at The Brook Hill School is experiencing a “changing of the guard,” as athletic director Wally Dawkins recently announced the names of the head coaches to take over the Guard and Lady Guard golf programs.
Dawkins sent an email out the Brook Hill community, obtained by the Bullard Banner News, announcing the hiring of James Bates and Bill Littlefield as the new head boys and girls golf coaches at Brook Hill for the 2017-2018 school year.
According to Dawkins, the move to having a head coach for both the boys and the girls team will not only benefit the golfers, but should allow each group to make significant improvements.
"This change will no doubt benefit individual golfers in that the coach-player ratio is significantly reduced, but it will also give each team a coach who is specifically responsible for their improvement and development,” said Dawkins, in the email. “I am excited to announce that Coach Bates and Coach Littlefield will be leading our golf programs in the future.”
The two new Brook Hill golf coaches will fill the shoes of former coach Tim Moore, who led the successful Guard and Lady Guard golf programs for 10 years.
Bates, who currently serves as the Head Golf Pro at Bullard’s own Eagle’s Bluff Country Club, is currently a Professional Golf Association of America A-1 Classification. He has served as the Golf Pro at Eagles Bluff since 2014.
Bates attended Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Arlington before serving as the Assistant Golf Pro at Prestonwood Country Club in 2005, and then joining Texas Golf Hall of Fame inductee Randy Smith as his first assistant from 2006-2014. Bates was honored as the NTPGA Metro Chapter Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2014.
Dawkins said Bates’ ability as a golf professional, expertise as a teaching professional, and his relationship with Eagles Bluff as the Head Golf Pro will be a huge advantage to the boys golf team.
"James is a first class golfer and a first class guy" said Dawkins. "His golf teaching ability is obvious in his work history and by continuing as the Golf Pro at Eagles Bluff while serving as our head coach will be a big help to our boys team. By James being at Eagles Bluff, our boys and girls golf team will now be allowed to practice four days a week instead of the two days per week we have been allotted in the past. It will be a real plus for our boys golf team to have a PGA Golf Pro working with them on a daily basis."
Dawkins also announced that Bill Littlefield, who served as an assistant coach for the Brook Hill Lady Guard golf team last school year, will now assume the reigns as the head coach.
Littlefield has a distinguished career as a head golf coach, including stops at Angleton High School from 1988 to 1995, and Coppell High School from 1998 to 2005, where he led the team to several District Championships, three UIL State Golf Tournament appearances, and was named District Golf Coach of the year on numerous occasions.
In addition, Littlefield also served as the head women's golf coach at LeTourneau University in Longview from 2012 to 2015. Littlefield assisted with the Lady Guard golf team last year while serving as Transportation Director at Brook Hill, a position he will continue in for the 2017-2018 school year.
"Everyone who has been associated with Bill Littlefield, regardless of the position he has served in, has been impressed with his job performances," said Dawkins. "Bill is a true professional, and is recognized as an outstanding golf coach and teacher, and was very popular with our girls golf team this past season, as they advanced to the TAPPS State Tournament. Coach Littlefield will be in charge of building the girls program to a level equal with the boys, while doing the scheduling for both teams, and working with Coach Bates for both the boys and girls programs to get to the next level."
The Brook Hill Athletic Department, which is a member at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club, will host the prestigious Brook Hill Charity Golf Classic Monday, Oct. 16, at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club.