Initially, Damon Teas planned to be a high school administrator.
Until he coached in a faculty f basketball game. He never played basketball as two-sport athlete (football and baseball) at Mayflower High School.
"I put on a tie and it lit a fire," he said. "I took a picture of that and kept that picture on my mirror for years to remind me of my end goal. I wanted to be involved with kids' lives and make a difference."
Now, he has big shoes and a large shadow to fill.
Members of the Guy-Perkins state Class 1A basketball team were special guests at Monday's monthly Arkansas Sports Club luncheon. Teas, the featured speaker and athletic director and baseball coach at Guy, has been named the new senior boys basketball coach. He follows Hutchcraft, who is retiring after 40 years at Guy and as the winningest coach in Arkansas high school basketball history having guided the Thunderbird teams to 11 state titles.
He said Guy-Perkins will hire a separate girls coach. Hutchcraft coached both boys and girls.
Teas has served as nine years as an assistant and junior high coach under Hutchcraft in addition to his other coaching and administrative duties.
"People tell me I will be known for following John Hutchcraft," he said. "I say you're right but a lot of people aren't know for following anyone."
He's known for accepting challenges.
He's the only member of his family to earn a high school degree. He once coached women's basketball, volleyball and baseball (creating baseball from scratch) at Central Baptist College. He coached youngsters who later became extremely wealthy as children of prominent businessmen at Episcopal Collegiate.
He has been a principal and coach at McRae and Ola.
"I went to Guy on a whim," he said. "When I was deciding what I wanted to do in 1994, I never dreamed I would be the one to follow John Hutchcraft at Guy-Perkins."
Though his experiences, Teas has networked and been mentored by several successful coaches.
"Those coaches helped me to be what I want to be and that's a role model," he said.
He will need to draw on all that experience. Guy-Perkins loses nine seniors from back-to-back state champions. H has coached most of the players in junior high, developing relationships.
"We're family at Guy, from top to bottom," he said. "Not every kid is a bad story and we have a lot of great stories at Guy."