2022-23 Oklahoma high school football coaching carousel: News on latest coaching changes
With the Oklahoma high school football postseason ending, it’s time for the coaching carousel to start spinning again.
The Oklahoman has created this coaching carousel tracker for keeping up with hires and departures in the Oklahoma City metro and beyond. This will be updated as news is announced.
March 9: Edmond North announces hire of Whitson
After three seasons as Putnam City’s head football coach, Carter Whitson has accepted the same position at Edmond North.
Edmond North Athletics announced Whitson’s hire March 9. He succeeds Tanner Roof, who led the Huskies for six seasons before leaving for Oklahoma Christian School.
Whitson, who played at OU and UCO, coached in Indiana before his time at Putnam City. He was the senior director of football recruiting at Indiana University and then led Martinsville, an Indiana high school football program.
Martinsville and Putnam City each went 1-19 through two seasons before Whitson arrived. In Martinsville, he transformed the program into the second-ranked team in its classification.
Putnam City went 4-7 in Class 6A-II during the past season, and senior defensive end Taje McCoy was The Oklahoman’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Roof and the Huskies finished 3-8 in Class 6A-I.
Feb. 16: Altus hires Jeremy Reed
Jeremy Reed is heading back to Altus as the high school football coach.
Altus Public Schools announced Thursday on Facebook that the school board has approved the hire of Reed, who led the Bulldogs to a Class 5A state title in 2015. He will succeed Dusty Davis.
Reed, from Marietta, received The Oklahoman’s All-State Football Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Bulldogs to their first state championship since 1971. Before his hire, Altus went 3-7 three seasons in a row. The Bulldogs were 8-3 in his first season and 13-1 the next year. Reed then coached at Yukon, and he also had stints in Arkansas and Kansas, including experience at the college level.
Reed is striving to turn around the Altus program again. The Bulldogs went 0-10 during the past season.
Feb. 9: Brent Barnes lands Yukon head coaching job
After moving to Arizona in 2018 to lead the Scottsdale Chapparal football program, Brent Barnes is returning to Oklahoma.
Yukon Public Schools has announced the hire of Barnes as the head football coach. The former Norman North coach replaces Marshall Hahn, who helmed the Millers’ football program for two seasons after getting promoted from wide receivers coach.
Barnes’ resume includes four state titles and three runner-up finishes.
And he has been part of the Millers’ program before, gaining experience at Yukon and Tulsa Union before coaching at Norman North.
He will look to turn around a Yukon program that went 1-9 in 2022.
Feb. 8: OCS announces hire of Tanner Roof
Tanner Roof is staying in Edmond, but he’s moving to a different school.
After coaching Edmond North’s football team for six seasons, Roof has been hired as Oklahoma Christian School’s new football coach. He is following Brooks Stephenson, who left to pursue an opportunity in ministry.
During the past season, the Huskies went 3-8 with a playoff appearance in a challenging Class 6A-I schedule, an improvement from the 1-9 record they had the year before Roof arrived. This time, Roof is stepping into a winning program. The Saints went 9-3 overall and 6-1 in district play.
Before coaching at Edmond North, Roof was the offensive coordinator at Edmond Memorial.
Jan. 23: Purcell announces Aaron Dillard as football coach
Aaron Dillard is returning to his high school alma mater.
Purcell Public Schools announced in a news release that Dillard, a 2005 Purcell graduate, is the Dragons’ new head football coach. He arrives from Piedmont, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach over the past four years. Dillard is a 13th-year coach who also has experience at Lexington and Yukon.
The Class 2A Dragons went 5-5 in 2022 under coach Tracy Scott. Dillard ran the flexbone offense for a Piedmont team that went 7-5 and reached the 2022 Class 5A quarterfinals.
Jan. 20: Enid coach Rashaun Woods resigns to take job in Texas
According to a report from the Enid News & Eagle, former Oklahoma State football All-American Rashaun Woods resigned from Enid High School to accept the head coaching job at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to work and coach for such a wonderful district and community here at Enid Public Schools,” Woods said in a release from Enid Public Schools. “The administration, faculty, and parents have been nothing but supportive in its football program and coaching staff. The friendships that my family and I have made over the course of my time here will be the main thing above all that I will remember. I have given my very best to these young men and I pray it leads to future success.”
Woods went 11-32 in four seasons.
Offensive coordinator Cameron Conder will take over Enid's program as interim coach, the News & Eagle reported.
Dec. 17: Locust Grove announces hire of Hennessey coach Paul Hix
Paul Hix is headed to Locust Grove.
Locust Grove Public Schools announced on Facebook that Hix, who was Hennessey’s head coach for the past four seasons, is the Pirates’ new football coach.
Hix’s son Titan was a standout freshman quarterback for Hennessey this past season. The Eagles went 7-4 with an appearance in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Class 3A Locust Grove looks to bounce back from a 2-8 season.
Dec. 13: Wewoka announces Kaden Boswell as new coach
Wewoka High School has named alumnus Kaden Boswell as its new head football coach.
The Class A Tigers went 2-7 under former coach Bryan Couch this year. Couch spent one season in this role.
“Truly blessed for this amazing opportunity to be the next head coach at my alma mater!!” Boswell said on Twitter. “Let’s get to work Wewoka!!”
Boswell played college football at East Central University.
Nov. 30: Brooks Stephenson announces he is leaving OCS
After three seasons as the head high school football coach at Oklahoma Christian School, Brooks Stephenson is leaving. Stephenson announced on Twitter he is pursuing an opportunity in ministry. This season, he guided the Class 2A Saints to a 9-3 overall record, a 6-1 district record and a second-round playoff appearance. In 2020 and 2021, with Stephenson’s leadership, OCS went undefeated in district play.
Other schools with head football coach openings
Boise City (former coach Colby Fangman)
Coalgate (Nathan Hill)
Comanche (Casy Rowell)
Drumright (Jason Bray)
Duncan (J.T. Cobble)
Guymon (Len Halliburton)
Healdton (Taner Richardson)
Sallisaw (Mark Hutson)
Warner (Cooper Mitchell)
Do you have an Oklahoma high school football coaching update? Contact Hallie Hart email@example.com or on Twitter @halliehart.