Phil Ingersoll to return as Douglass boys basketball coach
A search committee set out to find Douglass’ new boys basketball coach, and found one of their old ones.
Hall of Fame coach Phil Ingersoll is expected to come out of retirement to take over the Trojans, assuming the search committee’s recommendation passes through all the formalities with the Oklahoma City Public Schools administration.
“There’s still some paperwork and things, but I don’t expect any hangups,” district athletic director Keith Sinor told The Oklahoman Wednesday morning.
Ingersoll won three state championships coaching Douglass in the 1980s, then won two at Northeast in 2002 and 2004 before walking away from coaching.
He will replace Terry Long, who left last month to become the head coach at Mustang after leading the Trojans to three consecutive Class 4A state titles. Long played for Ingersoll in the 1980s.
“This is good for the school,” said Douglass athletic director Willis Alexander, who also played for Ingersoll. “He understands Douglass High School. He helped build the program into what it is now. I’m happy for him, and I’m happy that the school gets a good coach, who really cares about the school, the kids and the community.”
In an unrelated change, Alexander will step down as the school’s athletic director, and serve only as the Trojans’ football coach next school year, a move that, in part, will allow him to spend more time with his young children.
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