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Dacula hires Roy as new basketball coach

Dacula athletic director Kevin Maloof told B.J. Roy the news on Thursday morning, that the young coach's rapidly-changing life would be changing again.

Maloof hired the 29-year-old Roy as the Falcons' new head boys basketball coach, promoting the assistant to be Justin Grant's replacement. Grant left to become the athletic director at Winder-Barrow, his alma mater.

The new job is part of whirlwind time for Roy, who has two children under 2 with his wife Melissa, a Dacula grad.

"I'm very excited," said Roy, a 1997 Central Gwinnett grad. "Obviously following Justin Grant is a huge task. People respect him so much and the boys like him so much."

Roy played high school basketball for Melvin Sweat at Central, where he was a teammate of fellow Dacula assistant Kyle Williams. Williams will remain with Roy as a varsity assistant, joining new junior varsity coach David Wright and ninth-grade coach Chris Reonas.

"We like promoting when we can and (Roy's) done a tremendous job for Justin and our program," Maloof said. "The kids love him."

After graduating from Valdosta State, Roy coached four years of middle school basketball in Gwinnett at Hull and Lanier. He led Lanier, which featured Georgia signee Ebuka Anyaorah, to the eighth-grade county title. He has been an assistant coach the past three years under Grant.

His first season will be tough as Dacula must replace four starters from a that went 27-3 and won the Region 8-AAAA title. The Falcons also move back up to 8-AAAAA in 2008-2009, and plan to build around 6-foot-9 college prospect Brian Cole, the team's only returning starter.

"I talked to our boys today and they have very high expectations," Roy said. "We're going to have to work really hard to accomplish those things."

SideBar: The Roy File

Name: B.J. Roy

New position: Head boys basketball coach at Dacula

Former position: Assistant boys basketball coach at Dacula

Age: 29

Career record: First head coaching job

Education: Graduated from Central Gwinnett 1997; graduated from Valdosta State University in 2001; earned master's degree in math education from Brenau in 2004

Background: Played basketball with fellow Dacula assistant Kyle Williams at Central; has coached for three seasons at Dacula; coached at both Hull and Lanier Middle Schools; led Lanier to the county championship

Family: Wife Melissa; son Hudson, 1 and daughter Halle, 7 weeks