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The calendar has flipped to August and it’s time to start looking at the 2020 season. Continuing today, OKPreps will have new content dropping every day, leading up to the start of the 2020 season. For some programs, 2020 will start a new era with new head coaches.
In this post, we highlight five new head coaches. Every head coach is having a different experience than ever before with the global pandemic. However, we’ve highlighted five unique coaches and what they’re facing. We also have a list of new head coaches at other schools. If we’ve missed a coach, tweet at us @OKPrepsTV or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get it updated. You can check out the complete content schedule at the bottom of the post.
Bobby Klinck – Sand Springs
A new era of football begins in Sand Springs as the Sandites hired Bobby Klinck over the offseason. Just a couple weeks after helping Owasso to their second state title in the last three seasons, Klinck was named head coach of the Sandites. Klinck was the defensive coordinator for the Rams in the last three seasons. Now he takes over a Sand Springs program that is hungry to make it back to the playoffs.
This won’t be Klinck’s first run as the man in charge. He was head coach at East Central for two seasons, where the Cardinals made it to the title game in 20212. After the 2013 season, Klinck became the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow. He also was defensive coordinator at Texas power Southlake Carroll before joining Owasso’s staff in 2017.
Carter Whitson – Putnam City
First year head coaches will have a different battle this year but for Carter Whitson, he has a couple battles. Not only is he dealing with the global pandemic, but Putnam City is moving up to 6A-D1, where the competition will be strong every single week. The Pirates will be battling in a district that features perennial powers Owasso and Union.
Whitson returns to Oklahoma after being the head coach of Martinsville up in Indiana. Before Whitson was hired there, Martinsville had gone 1-19 in the two previous seasons. Whitson immediately turned things around in his two years there. Now, he returns to his home-state, with the challenge of doing it again. Putnam City was 1-19 in the last two years.
Chad Hendricks – Tahlequah Sequoyah
In early June, Chad Hendricks was named the next head coach at Tahlequah Sequoyah. In late July, Tahlequah Sequoyah announced that they would not have any activities during the first nine weeks of school, due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. With that decision, Sequoyah’s football season was essentially ended. And at this time, it’s unknown whether or not Sequoyah will begin activities against other schools when the nine weeks is over.
In the world that we’re living in now, it appears that more and more things are being cancelled or postponed. As for now, the OSSAA is leaving it up to the schools on whether or not they’ll play. It’s still a strange thought that we won’t have a football season. However, for Sequoyah, that thought is becoming a reality.
Jonathan Brown – Booker T Washington
Out of the five head coaches that we’ve highlighted, Jonathan Brown might have the best advantage. Brown has been on the Booker T Washington staff as an assistant and is also a BTW alum. He was named head coach when Brad Calip left to join the coaching staff at Owasso. While Brown didn’t have much time before things shut down, his team knows what standard Brown has for this Hornet program.
Not to mention, he’s now the head coach of one of the most talent-rich programs in Oklahoma. When Brown was announced as the next head coach of the Hornets, the outpouring of support from current and former Hornet players was fun to watch. It appears that Brown is the perfect man for the job. Now that job is going to be tough in 2020. As the district the Hornets are in appears to be tougher than ever before. Four of the top six teams in our 6A-D2 preseason rankings are in the same district.
Kent Jackson – Anadarko
This isn’t exactly a “new face” in Anadarko. Kent Jackson has returned as head coach of the Warriors after a few seasons off. Early in the 2010’s, Jackson had the Anadarko program as one of the top in Oklahoma. They won a pair of state championships and had dominating teams.
After a rare losing season in 2019, Jackson is back to attempt to get the Warriors back to where they were just a few years ago. The Warriors have also had to deal with an unordinary schedule over the last six years. They’ve gone back and forth between being a 3A and 4A team. As they head into 2020, they’re back in 3A.
Other Coaches Entering Year One
Adam Hass – Keys
Anthony Roberson – Star Spencer
Ben Palmer – Victory Christian
Brooks Stephenson – Oklahoma Christian School
Chad Speer – Madill
Chris Bliek – Harrah
Cy Stallard – Cleveland
Darrin Wegner – Oologah
Derrick Adams – Douglass
Dustin Kinard – Mannford
Eddie Scott – Newkirk
Ethan Feuerborn – Little Axe
Isaiah Irvin – Nathan Hale
Jason Sexton – Shawnee
Jeff Horrocks – John Marshall
Jerry Gardner – Glenpool
Josh Norman – Southmoore
Matt Garner – Beaver
Tim Gentry – Bowlegs
Todd Vargas – Durant
Zac Ross – Checotah
Aug. 1 – Preseason Rankings
Aug. 2 – Preseason All State Team
Aug. 3 – District Shuffling
Aug. 4 – Toughest Districts
Aug. 5 – 2023 Top 25 Rankings
Aug. 6 – 2022 Top 50 Rankings
Aug. 7 – 2021 Top 100 Rankings
Aug. 8 – Big Board
TODAY – New Faces In New Places
Mon. Aug. 10 – 6A-D1 Preview
Tue. Aug. 11 – 6A-D1 Preview Show
Wed. Aug. 12 – 6A-D2 Preview
Thur. Aug. 13 – 6A-D2 Preview Show
Fri. Aug. 14 – 5A Preview
Sat. Aug. 15 – 5A Preview Show
Sun. Aug. 16 – 4A Preview
Mon. Aug. 17 – 4A Preview Show
Tue. Aug. 18 – 3A Preview
Wed. Aug. 19 – 3A Preview Show
Thur. Aug. 20 – 2A Preview
Fri. Aug. 21 – 2A Preview Show
Sat. Aug. 22 – A Preview
Sun. Aug. 23 – A Preview Show
Mon. Aug. 24 – 8-Man Preview
Tue. Aug. 25 – Player Of The Year Watch List
Wed. Aug. 26 – Championship Predictions