Heather Van Noy turned both the Lake Dallas and Guyer volleyball programs into consistent playoff contenders as a head coach. Now, she is stepping away to chase her true passion as an educator.
The 16-year coaching veteran and easily one of the more well-respected volleyball coaches in North Texas, left her post at Guyer on Jan. 22 to become an assistant principal at Argyle Middle School. Van Noy initially confirmed the news to the Denton Record-Chronicle. Her first day in her new Argyle role was on Jan. 25.
“It’s an incredible school district and a dream-come-true job,” Van Noy said. “I love that small-town feel that they have. Everyone has been incredibly supportive, and for me, it’s the perfect situation.”
She added, “I may be leaving coaching, but I still get to work with kids. That’s important to me.”
Ironically, Van Noy said she thought getting an administration job was a long shot. After all, nearly everyone knows of her success leading dominant volleyball programs. Van Noy compiled a 110-46 record while at Guyer, winning 70.5% of her games. Van Noy was the fourth head coach in Guyer volleyball history when she took over in 2017. The year before, the Lady Wildcats struggled mightily and missed the playoffs. She proceeded to lead them back to the playoffs with 31 wins in her first season. In 2019, Guyer advanced to the region final for the first time in school history.
This past season, Guyer finished 14-6 before losing to Haslet Eaton in the region semifinal.
Van Noy was previously an assistant coach at Guyer before leaving to spend six seasons as the Lake Dallas head coach from 2011 to 2016. A once downtrodden program, Lake Dallas advanced to the third round of the playoffs in Van Noy’s first season at the helm. The 2015 team matched that third-round run in Class 5A.
During her time at Lake Dallas, she racked up 143 wins.
“It was an incredible ride, for sure,” Van Noy said. “Leaving was hard, but the outpouring of love that I received from people was incredible. I mean, kids who I got to coach back in 2005 were reaching out. For me, it has been a whirlwind and super emotional, but I’m grateful for those 16 years because it shaped me into the administrator that I want to be. It gave me perspective, grace, and empathy. And it has allowed me to see and experience a lot of things.”
Van Noy admitted that she thought she’d be at Guyer for much longer. But when the Argyle Middle School role came open, it was something she couldn’t pass up and at least had to throw her name in for. As luck would have it, Argyle officials saw something special in her and eventually made the hire.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to be a teacher,” Van Noy said. “When I got out of college, coaching fell into my lap and was an added bonus. [Leaving has] been difficult because of the relationships that I’ve built through coaching and with all of those great players. But ultimately, [administration] is where my heart is.”
She added, “I’m incredibly grateful for the people I’ve worked with at Guyer and Lake Dallas, and then Guyer again. They all taught me so much, and I attribute all of my success to them.”
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