The high school football coaching carousel was in full motion Monday night. School board meetings were held at McAlester, Harrah and Okmulgee -- with all three locations listing “head football coach” as a position that would be filled.
Kenny Speer was named the new head coach at Harrah, taking over for Phil Webb who had led Harrah since 2013.
In 2018, Speer wrapped up his sixth season as head coach at Antlers. Speer guided the Bearcats to a 43-26 record, including a 9-3 showing in 2018 and a trip to the second round of the playoffs.
When Forrest Mazey took over at Poteau, he continued the success that Greg Werner had established. But in 2019, Mazey will be coaching at McAlester, after the school board approved the move.
From 2015 to 2017, Mazey went 25-10 and then in 2018 he guided a Pirates team that was ranked No. 1 in 4A throughout most the season. The Pirates finished with the 2018 campaign 12-1 with a semifinal loss to Tuttle, the eventual state champion.
Attempts to reach Mazey for confirmation have been unsuccessful.
Mazey takes over for James Singleton, who resigned in early December. Singleton went 26-18 in four seasons at the helm for the Buffaloes.
After Brent Scott’s tumultuous ending as Tahlequah Sequoyah’s head coach, he was unable to coach for a short period of time. But when the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association reinstated him, it was Okmulgee where Scott got his coaching feet underneath him again.
From there, he went to Kellyville and helped the Ponies return to the playoffs after a brief two-year tenure, including the 2018 season where they went 8-4 and advanced to the second round of the 2A playoffs.
Now Scott is primed to return to Okmulgee as the head coach, according to a source that indicated Scott was meeting with school officials prior to Monday night’s board meeting.
Scott went 12-10 in his two years at Kellvyville.
Bruce Munden led Okmulgee in 2018, when the Bulldogs went 1-9. Munden had taken over after former Okmulgee coach Carl Lee died in 2018, due to complications from kidney cancer.