During the 37 years I have coached football at both the high school and college level, I have seen a lot of changes in the world and in my profession. I am no expert at modern technology, but I do enjoy and appreciate the amazing information available via the internet. At the urging of friends and family, I have decided to start a blog. I have to admit, I am not sure exactly how to start or if I have anything beneficial or worthwhile to say. Here is what I am going to do. I am going to write a blog at least once a week. I’ll talk about football, coaching football, leadership, and life lessons that I have learned over the years. I will also tell you stories about some of the great and not so great people I have met over the years. I also want to share with you some ideas about how we run our football program at Greenwood High School.
It might be helpful to tell you a little bit about my background. I was born in Denver City, Texas. My dad worked in the oilfield and mom was what we now call a “stay at home” mom. I am the oldest of four kids, three brothers and a sister. We were all born between 1955 and 1960. We moved around a lot during my younger days. We lived in Denver City, Hennepin Oklahoma(suburb of Davis), Lovington New Mexico, Andrews Texas, Duncan Oklahoma, and Ardmore Oklahoma. Dad had a variety of jobs. He was a farmer/rancher, drilling mud truck owner, car dealer, stock market/futures market player, insurance salesman, grocer, Mexican importer(not what you think), and receptionist at a brokerage in Shawnee, Oklahoma. It sounds a lot worse than it actually was. I just don’t think Dad liked working for anyone other than himself. I’m sure a child psychologist could have had a field day with us during that time, but it wasn’t ever a big deal. When you are kid, you don’t know if you have a problem unless someone tells you that you have a problem. We would be somewhere for six months to two years and Dad would come home and announce, “We’re moving!” As a kid, I guess we all thought that everyone was moving around just like we were. I ended up attending 7 schools during my 12 years of school. When you are the “new kid”, you become close with your family and you learn how to meet people and adjust. I wouldn’t suggest that upbringing, but the four of us are somewhat successful and living “normal” lives. One brother is a former insurance salesman turned full-time gun dealer(who I might add, has a Guinness World Record silver goatee). My other brother is the big-time football coach in our family because he is a TEXAS high school football coach. He is the head coach at Johnny Manziel’s old high school. He didn’t coach Johnny, but has had the opportunity to visit with him on a couple occasions. My sister is living the dream in Bonham, Texas. She is a grandmother now and enjoying spoiling the babies. I am way too young to be a grandfather, so I find it odd that my little sister is a “granny”. It might have something to do with the fact that she got married at 12, and I got married at 40.
When I was in the 3rd grade, my brother and I decided we were ready to play football. The age limit in Duncan, Oklahoma was 4th grade, but for some reason, one of the best coaches I ever had, Hamer Prestidge, decided to let my brother and me play for the Will Rogers Eagles. It is because of Hamer Prestidge and men like him that I am a football coach today. He was a great coach. He was full of passion, full of enthusiasm, and would not hesitate to yell and scream to get your attention. Even when he was chewing my tail, I knew deep down that he cared for me and wanted me to be my best. I believe that having Coach Prestidge as my first coach was one of the best good “breaks” in my life. We lived in Duncan for about 8 years and then moved 45 miles away to one of our rivals, Ardmore, Oklahoma. After graduating from Ardmore, I walked on at Harding College, in Searcy, Arkansas. I played 4 years of college football there and then began my coaching career. I was an assistant coach at Del City, Oklahoma; Putnam City West in Oklahoma City, and Edmond High School. After being an assistant one year at Edmond, I got very lucky and was promoted to head coach. After 4 years there, I became the head coach at Tulsa Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two years later, I got an opportunity to coach at what was then called Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. In Springfield, I met my future wife, almost got fired, and decided to go back to coaching high school football. We ended up at Broken Arrow High School, in Broken Arrow Oklahoma. My wife, Mona, wanted to find a smaller town to raise our family and we got lucky and got to coach football in Greenwood, Arkansas. We have been here 11 years, and have three children, Kevin, Regan, and Allyson. I am a blessed man to still be doing what I love to do, be around great young men and coach football.
Ardmore High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma
Bachelor of Arts Degree & Masters of Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas
2004- Current: Greenwood, Arkansas
1995-2003 Broken Arrow, OK Head Coach, Record of 72-32, 1 State Finals appearance
1992-1995 Southwest Missouri University, Springfield MO
1990-1991 Tulsa Union, Tulsa OK Head Coach, Record of 18-6
1985-1989 Edmond High School Head Coach, Record of 41-10, 1 State Championship
1983-1985 Putnam City West, OKC. Worked under Mike Little
1978-1983 Del City High School. Worked under Henry Manning
1976-1978 Harding University, Searcy AR
131-48 winning 73% of all games in Oklahoma
Broken Arrow High School- Class 6A Football- The 2003 Broken Arrow football team became the first Broken Arrow team since 1956 to win back-to-back district championships.
In 2002, the BA team became the first team in the history of the school to play for a state championship.
The 2001 team set 13 school records and three state records in the passing game. According to the latest printed high school record book the single game total of 557 yards is the 27th highest total in the history of high school football. In the history of BA High School, no coach with a tenure longer than three years has won a higher percentage of games.
We will keep our priorities in order.
A. God, B. Family, C. Academics, D. Football, E. Everything else
We will do it hard, do it right, or do it again.
We will put the team first.
We will do our best in everything we do.
We will be good role models.
We will treat everyone with respect.
We will not be negatively influenced by peer pressure.
We will never compromise what is right.
We will help each other get better.
We will have the courage and conviction to stand up for what is right.