Bloomburg adds Rushing and Dyess to coaching staff
When the new school year begins Bloomburg will have two new coaches teaching the next generation of Wildcat athletes.
Chloe Dyess will be the head coach for girls’ junior high basketball, girls’ varsity track and girls’ junior high track.
She will assist with cross country and varsity girls’ basketball.
Dyess knows what it’s like to be part of a small campus from her days in high school.
“I went to school in Avinger and Saltillo so I’m used to the small-school atmosphere,” Dyess said. “I feel comfortable and more at home in a small school setting.”
After high school Dyess played basketball at East Texas Baptist University then transferred to The University of Texas at Tyler where she received her Bachelors of Science History degree.
Dyess was an assistant coach for volleyball, softball, basketball and track at Cumby ISD before making her way back to Cass County.
Now she will have the opportunity to coach where her grandfather David Murphy once coached.
“I was really excited to get the call that I had been hired here at Bloomburg and didn’t hesitate when the offer presented itself,” Dyess remarked. “My grandad coached here and I just couldn’t turn it down.”
Coach Murphy’s 45 plus years of coaching took him from Avinger to Bloomburg to Saltillo. Each of those places Dyess can now say she’s been at one time or another in her life.
Another solid hiring by AD Chad Sheffield includes Cody Rushing.
Rushing will be the head varsity boys’ basketball coach, head track coach, head junior high boys’ basketball coach and will assist with junior high softball.
Rushing graduated from Trinity Christian School, which is a private Baptist school on the Arkansas side of Texarkana, and made his way to Louisiana State University where he graduated with a degree in Sports Administration.
Rushing was the team manager for the men’s basketball team and while many would find that an ideal job, Rushing wanted to get into coaching.
“I was the manager for the LSU basketball team and attended every practice. If someone was on the court I was there,” Rushing said. “I was the first one at the gym and the last one to leave plus I also helped with graphic design, scouting videos and recruiting videos. As amazing as the job was I wanted to coach and having the chance to be a head coach out that situation was ideal.”
The opportunity presented itself and Rushing accepted with no second thought.
“I wanted to get back into this area after being gone for so long, and hope to see a powerhouse basketball team emerge from this area,” Rushing added. “It’s not easy to get a head coaching job out of college sometimes, but Bloomburg has a wonderful history and I couldn’t pass it up. It’s all you can ask for.”
Coach Sheffield had this to say about his two new coaches.
“I am very excited to be able to bring these two coaches to the staff. They are both highly intelligent, hard-working individuals with a competitive drive that is second to none,” Sheffield said.
“While this might be his first head coaching position, Cody Rushing brings so much experience from the things he has picked up as a high school player and while being around some of the best coaches in the nation at LSU as their manager. His knowledge will be able to give our athletes a feel for what it takes to succeed at the highest level of collegiate sports,” Sheffield remarked. “You don’t have to be around him long to pick up on his excitement to make a difference. As a former Eagle Scout, he lives the motto of being prepared and working hard to reach a common goal. He is driven to succeed and will do a great job of motivating our boys.”
“I watched Chloe Dyess as a player at Avinger through her pee wee, junior high and early high school years. She was one of the best all-around guards in the area and knew how to control the floor as a leader. When I realized she had applied for the position, I instantly knew she would be a perfect fit here at Bloomburg,” Sheffield stated. “She knows what it’s like to have to be self-motivated to succeed in a small school where you don’t have as many athletes fighting for a position. She also knows our offense and defensive systems inside and out because she ran them under her grandfather, and one of my mentors, Coach David Murphy. That in itself will help me in teaching the ins and outs of the game of basketball to athletes who are hungry to learn.”
“In addition to their basketball responsibilities, these coaches will head up our track and field program. We have had a history of strong individual competitors over the years, but we want to increase our numbers in this program so that we become a threat in every event we enter,” Sheffield continued. “Both of these coaches have a history in track and I foresee them doing a great job of pushing our kids.”