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Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier finds way to motivate his talented team to third straight 5A title

by Jacob Unruh Published: June 14, 2014
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— Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier quietly hopes nobody notices he’s at school until it’s time for the game to start.

It’s tough not to notice Dozier coaching.

The longtime Titans coach pushed all the right buttons and made the right moves this season, leading Carl Albert to an unprecedented third straight Class 5A championship and earning The Oklahoman All-State and Big All-City Coach of the Year honors.

“What I think about or what we talk about to the players as coaches is what our place in history can be as far as the school and the teams that we play year in and year out,” Dozier said. “We knew last year when we won back-to-back that no one had done that in our class, which was the second largest class, since El Reno did it in ’91 and ’92.

“We knew that basically we were chasing history and we could be the first to do something in the state of Oklahoma.”

The three straight titles are the first in the class, which is the second largest in the state.

It was that feat Dozier used as motivation for arguably the most talented team in the state.

“People need motivation, and as we talked about that with the players that was something they bought in to,” Dozier said. “They wanted to be the first, just like last year they wanted to be the first team in 20-something years to go back-to-back because it doesn’t happen very often in our class.”

Dozier also led Carl Albert to titles in 2007 and 2009. The Titans have been in eight championship games during his 16-year tenure as head coach.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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