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High school football: Rashaun Woods introduced as John Marshall's coach

Former Millwood and Oklahoma State star wants to ‘change lives.'
by Ryan Aber Published: February 19, 2013

Woods said he would understand the issues that some of his players face without letting them make excuses.

“I'm going to demand everything that you can give,” Woods told the players. “In return, I'm going to give you something back. I'm going to help you go to college.”

Woods introduced two of his assistants as well. Former Eufaula and Wyoming standout Travis Burkhalter will coach the Bears' wide receivers.

“I'm trying to get as many guys who have D-I or pro experience as possible,” Woods told the players. “We're going to strap on the cleats. You might not always understand what we're saying, but we're sure going to show you.”

Woods also introduced Tiffani Bates. Bates, a John Marshall alum who works at the University of Oklahoma as a graduation counselor, will serve as the team's academic adviser.

“She is probably the most important coach that we'll have, because she will get to know each one of the kids personally,” Woods said. “They will have a plan.

“She's going to help us as coaches make sure that the kids are in position to where they're going to get the grades and when the ACT time comes up, we're going to get a bus and take them there.”

Bates and Woods are friends, and when Woods was picked for the job, it became a natural fit for Bates, who is volunteering for the spot.

“For me, it's not about the money,” Bates said. “It's something that I've wanted to volunteer to do to put these players in the best position.”

The Bears are expected to have a new home stadium to play in beginning next season.

“We're waiting on a couple of final quotes and business numbers but we're hoping to get it started soon,” Vickers said.

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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