Big All-City Coach of the Year: Dandy Peeler's Edmond Memorial team turns it around

Dandy Peeler admits her tenure at Edmond Memorial got off to a slightly rocky start, but the Bulldogs wound up advancing to the state championship game.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 2, 2012
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EDMOND — Dandy Peeler admits her tenure at Edmond Memorial got off to a slightly rocky start.

Popular coach Shane Coffey left the program after an 11-year tenure to take an assistant position at the University of Tulsa, and the Bulldogs players — star senior Alie Decker in particular — were very close to Coffey.

“I thought it was going to be tough for us to gain a relationship,” Peeler said.

But as things got more comfortable between Peeler and her players, the team's on-court performance improved, leading to Edmond Memorial's Class 6A runner-up finish. It was the first time the Bulldogs had appeared in a state championship game since 1922.

Peeler, after coaching in the first state tournament of her career, is The Oklahoman's Big All-City Coach of the Year because of the dramatic improvement her team made throughout the season, and particularly in the playoffs.

The Bulldogs' first playoff game was a particularly emotional one for Peeler. Edmond Memorial hosted Choctaw, where Peeler coached three seasons before taking the Memorial job.

Choctaw took a stunning 18-point lead in the first quarter against their former coach.

“We just weren't focused,” Peeler said. “I just got the vibe our girls were really relaxed before that game. ... I never lost confidence that we could come back; we just had to get ourselves together.”

The lesson learned from that game? Mental preparation is a must. The Bulldogs' next game was an area final against No. 2 Midwest City, which had beaten Memorial twice earlier in the season.

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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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