But for the 17 years that Carl Love coached the boys basketball team at John Tyler, he had the familiar and comforting presence of Anthony next to him for 12 of those. Love was reassigned on February 14, and an announcement was made earlier this week that Anthony would succeed his friend.
The good news is that the Lions will play under a proven winner, a coach who was part of a program that racked up a 286-69 record, seven district titles, four runner-up finishes and a pair of unbeaten regular seasons.
What most impresses his new team is that Anthony was always a visible presence while serving under Love. He was known as a hands-on coach and one who fought for his players, attributes he will continue to carry with him in his new title.
The Washington, D.C. native started his coaching career at Tyler Chapel Hill and after six years as a sub-varsity coach moved on to Troup in East Texas. From there, it was two Texas Christian Interscholastic League state titles at Tyler T.K. Gorman in 1987 and 1988. After one more year at Gorman, it was on to Karnack for a year before arriving at John Tyler in 1990. His JT stint was interrupted when he served as an assistant principal at Boulter Middle School from 1997-2001 and as the girls basketball assistant in 2001-2002.
The move comes at a time when John Tyler suffered through its only losing season while Love and Anthony were both on the bench. The good news is that the freshman blue team rolled to a 23-2 mark and captured district. Among that group that will be sophomores next year are Gerron Anthony (the coach's son), Willie Clark, Ashton Dorsey, Ashton Eatmon, Jaron Johnson and Kerrion Lester. Senior returnees Devan Dewberry, Bryce Johnson and Darris Sirles will also help.