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Elzie Clark on a mission at OCA

Oklahoma Christian Academy boys basketball coach Elzie Clark added a new job title this season: girls basketball coach.
By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, Modified: January 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm •  Published: January 17, 2011

“Coach has us prepared for everything,” boys senior Josh Bivens said. “He wants us to be successful and pushes us. He's taught us how to cherish our experiences. And when he cares, he goes all-in.”

The transition hasn't come without its obstacles, though. The boys have had a hard time replacing stud Hans Thun from last year and entered the Grady County Tournament at USAO at 4-8.

Clark said the girls are steadily improving and are 6-6. With only two seniors and six freshmen on the roster, Clark said he is excited about the future of the program.

“I'm not going to lie because I was a little nervous about coach Clark taking over for the girls, too,” senior guard Kayla Yager said. “But he's done a great job. He's really preached togetherness as a team. That's helped build our relationships on and off the court.”

In its fourth year in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, OCA is still searching for its first state tournament appearance.

Clark said he's not sure if that will come this year, but he knows he plans on being on the bench for it.

“I'm stubborn enough to keep looking for new challenges,” Clark said. “I'm reminded of what I was told when I was younger. You can go to a program and be a part of the program. Or you can go to a program and be the program.

“I've had chances to leave, but I won't do it. Being the girls coach is just another challenge. I want to show that success can happen here.”