New Harrah football coach Phil Webb is looking to do a 180-degree turn after the Panthers finished last season 1-9.
And his coaching philosophy is a simple one developed from his time as a player for legendary coach Mike Little at Putnam City North, where he was a starting defensive back for the 1991 state championship team.
“I'm basing my opportunity to be a coach on those things I learned under him,” Webb said Monday at the Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic. “Discipline, structure, organization, doing the intangibles, you know the little things that can't explain. Those are the things I'm hanging my hat on.”
Webb spent the past seven seasons as an assistant at Harrah, moving from secondary coach to defensive coordinator. This summer he replaced Greg Willis, who accepted the Purcell job in June. Webb also coached at Moore in the mid-90s.
But he has found a home in Harrah, where he hopes to rebuild a team that had enjoyed recent success.
“If this works, it's going to work under my tenure with me and that'll be it,” Webb said. “I think that inspires me and it makes me nervous to some extent because I know if I'm not successful there, then this will probably be it because I am rooted there and all I'm inspired to do is help the town.”
SOONERS' COACHES BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIGH SCHOOLS
Since his first day on Norman's campus, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery preached the importance of building relationships with recruits.
On Monday at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa, Montgomery talked again about Oklahoma's coaches understanding of the importance to build relationships but with high school coaches. The entire Oklahoma football coaching staff, from Bob Stoops to his coordinators and graduate assistants, were gathered to talk with high school coaches from across Oklahoma.
"It's all about building relationships with these coaches," Montgomery said.
Oklahoma State coaches will be in attendance Tuesday. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is the guest speaker at the FCA breakfast, while assistants Jason Ray and Joe Bob Clements will make presentations at the coaching clinic later in the day.
OSU baseball coach Josh Holliday spoke on Monday, and Cowgirl softball coach Rick Wieligman will speak on Wednesday. OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale is among the speakers scheduled for Tuesday morning.
EL RENO'S SCHWERDTFEGER EXCITED ABOUT SKILL KIDS
Taylor Schwerdtfeger had lots of success as Kingfisher's offensive coordinator the past five seasons.
Now he's hoping to continue that as the head coach at El Reno this season. Schwerdtfeger has emphasized the weight room this offseason and said several players have added 20-25 pounds of muscle this summer.
“This group of kids in their high-school career haven't really been in any kind of accountability in a summer program from May to August, and I think they've handled it really well,” he said.
But Schwerdtfeger has also been impressed with his skill kids.
The Indians return receiver/safety Justin Brown, who Schwerdtfeger said could be one of the top receivers in District 5A-2.
Cal Baker, though, might impress even more as a junior quarterback.
“He's going to be good as a junior, but once I've had him two years he'll be quite a bit better in the system,” Schwerdtfeger said.
EDMOND NORTH'S MOORE COMMITS TO NORTH TEXAS
Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore committed to North Texas on Sunday after a strong showing at the Mean Green's kicking camp, coach Scott Burger confirmed.
Moore made 12 of 14 field goals last season, with his longest being 48 yards. He also averaged 34.4 yards per punt.
Moore is a three-star prospect, according to ESPN.com.
POLE VAULT GETS MORE PADDING
A safety measure to protect pole vaulters will allow for more padding around the pole vault plant box for the 2013-14 track and field season.
And for 2014-15, the added padding will become a requirement for OSSAA schools.
This is in line with a National Federation of State High School Associations rule adopted earlier this summer.
Pole vault planting box padding that meets specification will be required in 2014-15. The padding can be incorporated into the design of the planting box or can be an addition to an existing planting box, according to the NFHS.
OSSAA associate director David Jackson, who oversees track and field, said it is important to give schools a year to prepare for the required change.
“It's an expense issue for some schools and we certainly want to give them some lead time before making it a mandate,” he said.
DIBBLE'S JEVONS TRYING TO BREAK THROUGH
Sometimes it can be hard for a small-school talent to prove his worth to major college football coaches, but Dibble senior Tazden Jevons is working hard to break down that wall.
Already with Division II programs such as Pittsburg State having extended scholarship offers, the speedy 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jevons is trying to keep the interest of some D-I schools.
Oklahoma State and Kansas State have continued to show interest, and New Mexico has given a verbal offer.
“Sometimes it's hard to be discovered in a small town,” Dibble coach J.R. Conrad said. “He does everything right. Academics are in order. He works out religiously.
“Somebody's gonna get a really good football player.”
Jevons was among Class 2A's top rushers last season with 1,918 yards and 27 touchdowns, but his college future is more likely on the defensive side, perhaps as an outside linebacker, Conrad said.
BY JACOB UNRUH, STEPHANIE KUZYDYM AND SCOTT WRIGHT