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David Alexander named Broken Arrow coach; Rafe Watkins to remain at Guthrie

by Jacob Unruh Published: January 28, 2014
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Guthrie football coach Rafe Watkins appears to be returning to the Bluejays after Broken Arrow named assistant coach David Alexander head coach on Tuesday.

Watkins and Alexander were named finalists earlier this month for the position, which came open when Steve Spavital resigned in December due to health concerns.

Watkins said he plans to remain at Guthrie, where he has guided the team to four state championships during his tenure.

“As far as I know, yeah, that’s the plan,” Watkins said about returning to Guthrie.

Alexander, 49, joined Broken Arrow’s staff as a running backs coach last season after spending the previous seven years at Jenks. He was the head coach of the af2 Tulsa Talons in 2005-06.

He also played at the University of Tulsa and in the NFL for 10 years.

“I am so honored to be selected for this position, and I firmly believe that everything I have experienced up to this point has me prepared to be the head football coach at Broken Arrow,” Alexander said in a release. “We already have a great football program, but I am eager to begin building upon that tradition, taking it to an even higher level of excellence.”

Broken Arrow went 10-3 last season, losing in the Class 6A semifinals to Tulsa Union.


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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