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Report: Charlie Cooper resigns as Tahlequah football coach

by Jason Kersey Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: September 19, 2011

Charlie Cooper resigned Monday as Tahlequah’s football coach and athletic director, the Tahlequah Daily Press reported.

Cooper, the winningest coach in program history, cited health issues as his reason for stepping down.

“I told them (district administration) when I got into this, I’d had some issues with my back,” Cooper who has a career 97-67 record, told the newspaper. “And in order for me to function on game nights, I have to take some pain pills. And I’m not going to spend my life on pain pills.”

Defensive coordinator Brad Gilbert will take over on an interim basis.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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