When Maurice Bynum first joined Plano ISD in the mid-2000s, it was to pursue a teaching career with special needs kids. Along the way, he met Tim Eshleman, who was both a physical education teacher at the elementary school Bynum worked at, plus just over a decade into his tenure at Plano Senior’s head boys track and field coach. Present-day, Bynum holds Eshleman in the highest of esteems. He credits the longtime Wildcats track coach for unlocking his passion for coaching and teaching the ins and outs of how a track program is run. Bynum is no stranger to the Plano track scene, volunteering to help coach the Wildcats from 2005-07 under Eshleman. During his first year with the program, Bynum doubled as a strength and conditioning coach with the football team, coached by now PISD AD Brence. “I found out I had more passion watching others do well than I did for myself,” Bynum said. “I felt more motivated and felt the same way when I got to help coach football. I had never been more excited watching the kids compete and helping them find success.” At the time, Bynum primarily worked with sprinters and relays – two areas he specialized in during his running days. Bynum ran the 100-meter dash, 200 dash and 4x100 and 4x200 relays throughout high school before embarking on a college career split between Northwestern State and Texas A&M Commerce; playing football at the latter. “I learned so many things from [Eshleman],” Bynum said. “Things like patience, communication with parents and taking the time to love the kids and make sure they’re enjoying their time out there. Coach Eshleman has been a blessing to me. I don’t think I would even be in coaching if it wasn’t for Tim Eshleman.” Like Eshleman, Bynum will also coach cross country and expects an improved year from the Wildcats on the dirt track. Once springtime rolls around, Bynum anticipates greater turnout for the track team, particularly from football players. “I want to make this program very competitive. I’m very competitive and my workouts are tough,” Bynum said. “The kids know that about me and I want to do a lot to keep them motivated. I’ve trained at a pro-style level and want to help bridge the gap for the kids who want to go from high school and run in “I’m expecting a great turnout and a very competitive year,” Bynum said. “Last year we were young and competitive, and we’re still pretty young, but there are some great athletes here. We expect to be strong in district in both cross country and track.”
Coach Dehdari is in her 17th year of public education and in her 7th year of leading the Plano Girls Cross Country and Track programs. Two of her most proud moments at Plano Senior came in 2017 when Cross Country won the 9-6A District Championships and in 2018 when the Track team won the 9-6A District Championships by 3 points! 2018 was also the year Plano Senior was without a track and bused to Kimbrough daily for practice.
Coach Dehdari attended Marcus High School and did track all four years and ran cross country one year. She then went to Texas A&M and threw the Javelin for three years. She graduated in 2004 from A&M with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Her first job out of college was at Wester MS in Mansfield, TX, where she coached volleyball, cross country, basketball and track and field for four years (2004-2008). She then moved to McKinney North HS for four years (2008-2012) and coached basketball for two years, volleyball for two years and track for four years. As an assistant, she was able to take a triple jumper and their mile relay to state in 2011. Coach Dehdari taught Algebra at McKinney North and was the Algebra team leader for three years. In 2012 she became the Head Volleyball and Head Track and Field coach and at Kilgore HS. One of her track and field athlete's went to state in 2013 and placed third in both the 400m and the triple jump. In 2014, She returned to state with that same athlete, as well as a freshman triple jumper, where she earned the state championship in the long jump and place third again in the triple jump.
Some personal information about Coach Dehdari: "My family has been in Flower Mound since 1993 and my parents and sister (and her family) still live in Flower Mound. I have a two year old nephew in Flower Mound and a three year old niece in Ohio. In my spare time, I try to stay very active. I am a runner and a golfer and love working out! My favorite distance is the half-marathon and have ran more than twenty at that distance. I have also run five full marathons. I also enjoy scrapbooking, wood-working and spending as much time with my family as possible."