YUKON — A few weeks ago, Yukon athletic director David Fisher looked out his office window onto the school's basketball court and envisioned the future of Miller basketball.
Scott Raper was coaching on the sideline.
In reality, Raper was coaching Centennial in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs, but Fisher had his sights set on making Raper the next boys coach at Yukon once the season ended.
It became official late Monday night with approval from the Yukon school board.
“We had 50 applicants for this job in a two-week period, but I contacted Scott myself, because I didn't know if a coach of his caliber would apply for our job,” Fisher said. “But I wasn't going to leave it to chance.
“We just couldn't be more excited to have a coach like Scott taking over our program.”
Hiring Raper is a big boost for Yukon, but probably a bigger loss for Centennial, which won 98 games and two state titles in six seasons under Raper, the program's only coach.
“What he was able to accomplish there in a short amount of time was unheard of,” Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor said. “He has built that program, and set them up for success in the years to come.
“Scott's a good coach, and we know he's going to do a great job for Yukon.”
Raper took over when the school opened its doors in the fall of 2007, and won only one game the first season. But three seasons later, Centennial was the Class 3A state champion. Then the Bison added another title in 2012, and reached the semifinals this past season. Raper's value at Centennial reached outside the basketball gym.
“We all know that athletes are leaders in the school, just because they're athletes,” Centennial principal Charmaine Johnson said earlier this month. “(Raper's) message of having high expectations reaches beyond the basketball team.”