Anthony Andrews took a long, winding road to get from Millwood to Douglass, but the 49-year-old is excited to be the Trojans' new boys basketball coach.
Andrews' hire was approved by the Oklahoma City Public Schools board of education on Monday night, officially filling the void of Terry Long, who left in May to become the head coach at Mustang.
“This is a tremendous opportunity,” said Andrews, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Newcastle. “I don't know what my biggest challenge will be, other than continuing the tradition. Terry Long built a great program, and I look forward to getting going at Douglass.”
Andrews takes over a Trojan squad led by senior-to-be Stephen Clark, The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year last season. Clark has led Douglass to state championships in each of his first three seasons.
Of course, state titles are a common expectation for Andrews. He won four as a player at Millwood under coach Varryl Franklin from 1978-81.
He began his college career at Central Oklahoma, and ultimately finished it with two seasons at Oklahoma State. Andrews turned down invitations to two NBA camps and took a job with Conoco, working in Billings, Mont., Houston and Chattanooga, Tenn. He moved back to Oklahoma three years ago.
Previously, he was the head coach at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, and he coached travel teams on the summer circuit as well.