HOBART — After four decades, Bill Dalke's football career has come full circle.
Dalke's last football game as a Hobart Bearcat was in the fall of 1972, and this September, he'll take the field — Phil Dalke Field, named for his father who coached him in high school — at Hobart as the team's head coach.
“I'm excited to be in Oklahoma again, and excited to be in my hometown,” said Dalke, who has been coaching in Texas since 1999. “My father won state championships in football and wrestling.
“This school has had a great tradition in athletics, and it's fallen off a little bit, but we're hoping we can restore things back the way they used to be and the way they ought to be.”
Hobart was 5-5 last year, and though he didn't get to spend a lot of time with the players in spring practice, Dalke has been excited with what he's seen.
“We've got our summer program going right now and we're pretty excited about our prospects,” he said. “We've got some team speed and I like the looks of some of the kids we've got up front.”
Dalke's career has taken an interesting path since his Bearcat playing days.
He is best known around the state for playing linebacker at Oklahoma during the 1974-75 national championship seasons.
After his playing career ended at OU, he took a coaching job in Altus, but spent only one season there. He joined former OU assistant Donnie Duncan when Duncan was hired at Iowa State.
They worked together there for three years after which, Dalke left football and moved to Dallas to work in sales.
That only lasted a few years, until football began calling again. He took a job in Fox, and not long after, landed on Rene Huckaba's staff at Yukon.