Monday, November 13, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Assistant Athletic Director
Dobyns-Bennett High School
T: (423) 378.8400 ext. 8490
KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Dobyns-Bennett High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Weaver as head coach of the varsity boys soccer team. This announcement comes after Tom LaGuardia stepped down from the job in July after five seasons at the helm.
“We are very excited to name Coach Weaver our new boys soccer head coach,” said D-B Athletic Director Frankie DeBusk. “You won’t find a better individual or mentor for student-athletes. Tony has done a great job with our girls program and we are excited for him to get started.”
Weaver is no stranger to the Tribe. He has been an assistant coach with the boys team since 2011 and head coach of the girls team since 2019. During his time as an assistant with the boys, the team accounted for over a dozen district/region championships and took six trips to the state tournament. As head coach of the girls team, Weaver is 61-34-2 (63.92%) overall. He has made the region tournament every year and this past season, he took the girls to the state tournament for the first time since 2014.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named the head coach of the Dobyns-Bennett Soccer program,” said Weaver. “This school means a great deal to me and is a big part of who I am today. I would like to thank Kingsport City Schools, Dr. Brian Tate, Dr. Kyle Loudermilk, and Coach Frankie DeBusk for allowing me to fulfill my calling of not only teaching in the best school system in the state but coaching there as well. Being a Dobyns-Bennett alumni and having played soccer here makes it extremely fulfilling to be able to give back to a school who has given me so much.”
Coach Weaver was a multi-sport athlete and a 1985 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett. He ran track/cross country and played on two state championship soccer teams while at D-B (1984 & 1985). He went on to play soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Weaver has been a teacher at Sevier Middle School since 2010. He and his wife Kellie have been married for 32 years and they have two children: Jake (Brooke) Weaver and Austin Weaver. He has one grandson (Reed).
“Our goal, as with any team at Dobyns-Bennett, is to compete for a State Championship,” said Weaver. “This will be our top priority on the field, however our ultimate goal as coaches is to teach these young men life lessons they can only learn through sports. I am looking forward to this opportunity and as always Roll Tribe!”
There will be an informational team meeting after school on Wednesday, November 15th at 3:15 p.m. in Coach Good’s room (Social Studies Pod). Any boy interested in playing soccer this upcoming season should make plans to attend.