Lawrence High named Christian Sayre its new boys soccer coach Friday.
"I'm very excited," Sayre said. "It looks like it should be a pretty good season next year and in the years to come."
Sayre, currently an assistant on the girls team, also coached under David Platt on the boys side last year.
"It kind of opened the door for me," Sayre said. "I got to know the guys pretty well."
Sayre replaces Platt, who coached the boys for four years and led the Lions to a 3-12-2 record last year. The sophomore team, however, finished 10-3.
The new coach described his objective as "just to take off where David Platt left off and use the foundation he created and hopefully take it to another level."
Sayre played soccer at Tulsa University before transferring to Oklahoma State.
He began his soccer-
coaching career in 2000 at his alma mater, Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid, Okla.
Two years later he began a two-year tenure at Dodge City High. He then moved to Lawrence, where he assisted the girls team for two years and the boys for one. Sayre will continue the former role along with his new duties.
LHS athletic director Ron Commons cited Sayre's experience as a major reason for the hire.
"He's very adamant about trying to build a program," Commons said.