McGuire coaching

Coaching a game during his time at Duncan High School, Coach David McGuire was hired to take over his alma mater at Waurika High School and coach for the Eagles in the 2023-2024 season.

The Waurika Board of Education will bring back a familiar face to coach the boys’ basketball team as former Duncan coach David McGuire is ready to soar at his alma mater in his new gig as head coach.

McGuire, a 1992 graduate of Waurika High School who stepped down from Duncan after the 2020-2021 season, was unanimously approved in a board vote during the May 8 meeting to take over the Eagles’ job.

Taking over for Coach Garrett Bachand, who stepped down last month to pursue work outside of education according to McGuire, the Eagles will now try to make it back to the State Tournament for the first time since 1990.

Aside from being an alumni of Waurika, McGuire was also on the team that made the State Tournament, with his father Mikel Davidson, the coach of that team.

During McGuire’s time at Duncan, his most recent stop, three teams were named Class 5A Academic State Champions. He also coached six OBCA Academic All-State athletes and one OCA All-State athlete.

McGuire was chosen as the OCA All-State West Basketball coach in 2018 and also has had three of his assistants move on to become head coaches at other programs.

Upon receiving the approval of the job offer, McGuire felt excited to get back into coaching, especially at a place he is so familiar with as a graduate.

“I love the Waurika community. I love the school system and greatly admire and respect the leadership,” McGuire said. “I have walked the same roads and hallways, sat in the same classrooms, played on the same field and in the same gym as these kids that I will coach. And, of course, I will get to walk the same sidelines as my dad. So even though I thought I was done coaching, the allure to finish my career in my hometown of Waurika was too much to resist.”

This will make the third head coaching gig for McGuire. He was previously at Wilson High School, where he had 95 wins over six seasons, which was the most wins by any head coach during his tenure.

As a student at Waurika Public Schools, McGuire was an All-State selection on the football team and was the leading receiver in all of the stats categories during the 1991 season.

With the job now accepted, McGuire said this a great opportunity to be a part of the community he grew up in and give back to the Eagles’ program.

“I had a great childhood in Waurika,” McGuire said. “So for me, coaching at Waurika is my opportunity to give back to the community who gave so much to me.”

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