BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Daniel Guyton is a staple of the Governor Livingston community: a graduate, an Industrial Arts teacher at the school for 18 years, and head coach of the football team for eight years. He is known for his love of what he does, whether it is teaching students about machinery or leading his players through an important game.
Guyton’s grandfather inspired him to be a teacher. “My grandfather was one of my heroes, and he was an Industrials Arts teacher for many years in Arizona,” he said.
After graduating from high school, he went to The College of New Jersey for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, which allowed him to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.
Guyton’s career in education began in 2002 when he started coaching the freshmen football team. A year later he filled the role of the Industrial Arts teacher after his predecessor had retired. He noted that teaching and coaching are irrevocably similar, except athletics tend to receive more immediate attention.
“There isn’t a roaring crowd when one of my electronics students does a perfect job soldering his circuit board. Also, if he messes up his circuit board 10 other guys don’t fail as well due to his error,” he said.
His students and players also notice the similarities between Guyton’s teaching on and off the field. Jayson Schmidt, a senior football player, said, “I would say that Coach is very similar in the classroom compared to being on the field. He is always passionate about what he is doing, and it rubs off on his players and students.”
It is for this reason, among others, that Guyton was named New York Jets’s Coach of the Week in November.
As his assistant coach, Bill Tracy, said, “I think Coach Guyton has the best coaching style that a coach can have, and that is because he is in it for the kids first and foremost.” He explained that Guyton cares a great deal about each player, and ensures that they have what they need.
Guyton noted that he is his own biggest critic, but is good at adapting to any situation. “I approach each day with a ton of passion and energy. When players know that you care and that you are really into it each day, that goes a long way.”
The most rewarding part of teaching and coaching for Guyton is watching his students improve over time. “It is very fulfilling and makes you feel like you are making a real difference in your students lives.”