Ex-Carter coach Buell to head Seymour boys basketball
For Tony Buell, the journey to the Seymour Eagles head boys basketball coaching job began seven months ago.
"Back in October I was recruited to the Seymour area by a young blonde female," Buell said.
The blonde was Buell's bride, Stacy Lindsey Buell, an eighth grade math teacher at Seymour Middle.
"In the six to eight months I've been here I really like it here in the area," Buell said. "It seems like a good place to settle down. I never imagined the Seymour job would open up."
Last week that happened, as coach Brian Jessie resigned after four seasons at the helm of the Eagles.
That prompted Buell — who coached Carter to two state tournaments (2008-09, 2009-10) in his six seasons there — to take a chance and apply at Seymour High School.
Buell was hired Monday by Seymour and told his players at Carter in the afternoon that he was resigning his post there.
"I'm leaving a Carter team that's going to be really good next year," Buell said. "I just didn't know this opportunity would open up again."
"When (the Seymour job) opened up, I was like, 'Hmm, that's two miles from my house and I'm driving 22 miles,'" Buell said. "I told my wife, 'I'll throw my name in the hat and see what happens."
Seymour Athletic Director Gary Householder said Buell's resume and positive personality were what piqued his interest.
"He's been very successful," Householder said. "He took Carter to the state tournament twice out of that district, which is very hard to do, and he's a very positive person. He's excited about the opportunity.
"Just looking at his overall resume, he's averaged over 17 wins a year at Carter, and he took Washburn — which is the tiniest school — and took them to six region tournaments in six years."
Buell also coached for several years as an assistant with Bill Carlyle at Walters State before taking the job at Carter.
As for his coaching philosophy, Buell said his style is best describe in one word: Passion.
"I'm passionate about the game, and that can be translated in several ways," he said with a laugh.
Describing a vocal sideline coaching style, Buell said both he and his team will be full tilt.
"I like man-to-man defense. I like to get after it," he said. "Coming from the district I was in with Austin-East and Futon we've had some tough competition, and I think that's made me a better coach."
Buell said that's he's watched some film on the Eagles and likes what he sees.
"Looking at some of the (players) it looks like we've got some good talent back," Buell said. "There are some wing players with some size and some quick guards."
Buell may also have a player from his own home.
His son Brett — who plays basketball and baseball — will be a junior next year, but he's not pressuring him to attend Seymour.
"That was the one part that was very, very difficult for me," he said, describing choosing to change jobs with his son in the middle of his high school career. "(But) this opened up, and might not open again. The timing might not be (perfect), but let's go with it.
"He and I have had several little sit down talks the last couple of days, and the decision (on whether to continue playing at Carter or attend Seymour) is up to Brett."
Buell's other son, Blake, is a senior finishing his career this year at Carter.