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District 5A-4 preview: Former Jenks star Bobby Klinck beats deadline by a few weeks

Klinck wanted to be a head football coach by the time he was 30. He made it, when Tulsa Public Schools chose the former running back to run the East Central program.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 22, 2012

Bobby Klinck said he wanted to be a head football coach by the time he was 30.

He beat that deadline by just a few weeks in a wild series of events that took from being the defensive coordinator at Muskogee to head coach at East Central in mid-May.

Klinck replaced Ben Bowling, who was hired to replace longtime coach Travis Hill, who resigned in December amid an investigation by the school district.

Bowling then resigned following an arrest for DUI, opening the door for Klinck, who starred at Jenks before going on to play at Oklahoma and Tulsa.

“I just hit the ground running,” Klinck said of how he handled the situation when he arrived late. “I told them it was my dream job. I always told myself I wanted to be a head coach before I was 30 and I made it. I tell them, ‘Hey, if you put your mind to something, you can do it.'”

Klinck, who started his playing career at Oklahoma before finishing at Tulsa, is the second former Sooner to coach in the district, joining Coweta's Bubba Burcham.


With Oklahoma commit Stanvon Taylor in its secondary and Kimmie Carson, one of the top linebackers in the state, bolstering its defense, Tulsa East Central enters the season as the favorite to win District 5A-4.

“I think it can be one of the best defenses I've ever been around,” Klinck said. “They've got a lot of talent but, what's great about it is they're willing to learn and they're willing to be coached.”

District 5A-4 coaches' poll

1. Tulsa East Central (10-2)

2. Coweta (6-5)

3. Claremore (4-6)

4. Collinsville (4-6)

5. Tulsa Central (8-3)

6. Pryor (9-3)

7. Tahlequah (3-7)

8. Grove (4-6)

Note: Last season's records in parentheses

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