Even a month later, Larry Turner can hardly believe it.
Turner has had plenty of special teams during his more than 3 years as Owasso's baseball coach.
But never had he — or any other Class 6A coach — taken a team to an undefeated season.
That's what the Rams accomplished this season, going 36-0, wrapping up the season with a win over Norman North to give Turner his 10th state title as a coach.
“Just the task of being able to run the table is pretty unbelievable,” Turner said. “To be able to get up for every game without a letdown. In football, you play once a week on Friday and basketball you play maybe twice in a typical week, but baseball's different. You always have to be ready to go.”
Turner is The Oklahoman's All-State Coach of the Year.
The catcher on Owasso's 1973 state championship baseball team has won 969 games in his 31 years as the Rams' head coach. Owasso has gone to the state tournament 16 of the last 17 years and made the finals 15 of 17 years.
“I think one of the secrets of our success is our players, most of the time, are better people than they are players,” Rams assistant Steve Holleman said. “They still have a bit of swagger but they stay humble. The mindset we try to teach them is it's better to humble yourselves than to have somebody else humble you.”
Those lessons made an impression on Rams first baseman Austin O'Brien, one of two Owasso players on The Oklahoman's All-State team.
“There's a big emphasis on chemistry with this team,” O'Brien said. “Coach Turner took us zip-lining together, set up movies for us to watch and different things to bring us together off the field as well as on it.
“Before I started playing for Coach Turner, he might've seemed kind of mean, but he's a great guy. He loves all his players and would do anything for any of them.”
Another thing Holleman appreciates about Turner is his trust in his assistants.
“That's the key. You want to surround yourself with good people and let them coach,” Turner said. “I tell my pitching coach, ‘You go do what pitchers do and as long as they perform, I'm happy.'
“I thought more than anything, my assistants did a really good job this year getting our guys ready.”