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Collected wisdom: Anadarko boys basketball coach Doug Schumpert

by Jacob Unruh Modified: January 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014

Doug Schumpert

Anadarko boys basketball coach

Age: 51

Residence: Anadarko

It didn't take long for Anadarko's Doug Schumpert to realize he wanted to be a basketball coach.

Playing high school basketball at Chattanooga, Schumpert grew interested in coaching the sport.

He couldn't hit a baseball well. But he could play a little basketball.

He never played collegiately, instead learning to coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University before embarking on a very successful high school career that has led to four state championships and multiple Coach of the Year honors from The Oklahoman. He also had a stint as a college coach at Panhandle State.

He's won two titles at both Carnegie and Anadarko, where he has the Warriors ranked No. 2 in Class 4A this season.

None, however, were more impressive and improbable than the 1988 championship game in which Carnegie scored 12 points in the final minute to beat Mount St. Mary at the buzzer.

During his coaching career, Schumpert has had one constant alongside him on the bench: Mouse Galindo, an assistant coach who is battling a motor system disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome but inspires both Schumpert and the players.

Schumpert recently sat down with The Oklahoman to discuss his career, his influences and more.

I learned a lot from Chattanooga coach (Dale) Cantrell and really it's where I got interested in coaching. It's just a great sports town, it always has been. Great athletics there, a close community and just a super place to go to high school, I thought, and still is.

I went up to Southwestern and helped coach (George) Houser. I was his manager and graduate assistant. There again, with Coach Houser, the basketball I know came pretty much from his knowledge, him taking me under his wing, really taking the time to show me why he did the things he did and it was a special time.

My father's always had great common sense. He just has a lot of great knowledge about how to handle people and things. We kind of had a good mixture. My dad was a school man, but we also farmed, so it was great we learned that work ethic out on the farm. We got a lot of lessons there that you don't sometimes get in other occupations.

I thought when I left Southwestern I'd eventually get back to Southwestern. It just hasn't worked out, but I've had a great run.

I like basketball because it combines every athletic movement that you have. You've got to be able to run, you've got to have quickness, you've got to handle the ball, you've got to shoot the ball. If you want to be a good player, you've got to be rounded and good in every area.

That was the most exciting game (the 1988 championship) I've ever seen on the Fairgrounds. I know a lot of people might say there's other games more exciting, but by far for me it was the most exciting game I've ever seen.

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by Jacob Unruh
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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