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High school football: Carl Albert's Gary Rose still chasing state titles

by Ryan Aber Modified: September 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm •  Published: September 1, 2012
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photo - Coach Gary Rose of the Carl Albert Titans talks to an assistant during a high school football game between Carl Albert and Southmoore in Midwest City, Okla., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Coach Gary Rose of the Carl Albert Titans talks to an assistant during a high school football game between Carl Albert and Southmoore in Midwest City, Okla., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“He allows his offensive coordinator to do what they think is best and to coach the way they coach.”

Jeff Craig was already at Carl Albert when Rose arrived before the 1995 season.

Craig, now the head coach at Blanchard, was with the Titans for the first four years of Rose's tenure after a season as an assistant under Todd Graham.

Rose shaped Craig as a head coach.

“The X's and O's part of it, I've always felt really comfortable with that,” Craig said. “But just the way to treat people, the way to treat kids, to respect your administration, those are the things I took away. A lot of guys you work for feel like they don't have a boss and that they're the boss. Gary respects authority and he respects the process. He believes if you treat kids right, treat your coaches right, good results will come.”

One of the things Chris Behrus, who is now the head coach at Plainview, remembers most about his time at Carl Albert was Rose’s attention to family.

“He made the comment to me one day when I was first starting that when you’re here, your family is welcome,” Behrus said. “I sort of shrugged it off and didn’t think much about it. I brought my son up there one Saturday, though, and he’s running through and I thought being loud and I kind of gave him a stern look. But Coach Rose pulled me aside and said, ‘You let him be who is is and everything’s going to be OK. We’re still going to get out work done.’

“I’ve really taken a hold of that as a head coach my self with the guys on our staff.”

Just two years after he wasn't sure he would be able to continue coaching, Rose is having as much fun as he ever has.

“We have a lot of laughs,” Rose said. “Those guys are just really good men and really good coaches. We enjoy working together, we like each other, we really don't have any conflicts and if we do, they get solved really quickly.”

He doesn't have a plan for how long he'll continue coaching.

“It's in the Lord's hands,” Rose said. “I enjoy it. I like kids; I like my coaches; my health is really good right now. We'll see. It's a year-to-year thing at this point in my life.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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