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Dyer right for Archer

High school kids seem to get bigger and faster by the year, so maybe Andy Dyer wouldn't stack up these days like he used to.

But back when he played at Brookwood, from 1987 to 1990, he was the best athlete roaming the halls.

"He was one of the best ones I ever had," longtime Brookwood football coach Dave Hunter said of Dyer, who recently took his first head coaching job at the new Archer High School. "He could run and he was tough."

Dyer, who went on to play at West Georgia, was a three-year standout for the Broncos and a rare sophomore starter in 1988, when they finished as the Class AAAA runner-up.

Most people don't remember Dyer the player, and with good reason. He's humble, so he doesn't bring up old high school accomplishments. And they don't matter much now, when people are more concerned with Dyer the coach.

The Archer parents shouldn't be too worried.

Dyer knows his football - having coached under two outstanding staffs at Brookwood (from 1997 to 2004) and Mill Creek (2004-2008) - but he's known just as much for his character off the field.

He's intense. He wants to win. But he also wants his players to become better men. There's no doubt he's the right kind of guy to lead Archer's young football players down the right path.

"I couldn't be any prouder of a young man than I am of him," Hunter said. "I'm just thrilled to death. He's such a solid citizen, such a solid leader. He's just a genuinely good person. He's not moody. He doesn't complain about what he doesn't have. He just works hard and always stays positive."

Those traits will be important at a new school like Archer, which opens in August. The success won't come immediately. It never does in football.

That's something Dyer understands completely from his experience at Mill Creek. He helped start that program in 2004 and knows what type of effort it takes to get it up and running. It also takes he kind of energy Dyer brings to work every day.

It also will take patience, a trait Dyer didn't always have.

"We tried to make him a quarterback (in high school)," Hunter said. "That didn't last long. He was like a wild stallion. He just wanted to take the ball and run with it."

Will Hammock can be reached via e-mail at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays.