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High school football: Scott Burger says the time was right to become a head coach

After 29 years as an assistant at Putnam City North, the former star quarterback will head the Edmond North program.
by Scott Wright Modified: June 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm •  Published: June 12, 2013
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photo - Edmond North football coach Scott Burger instructs players during a skills camp in Edmond, Wednesday June 12, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman  Steve Gooch - The Oklahoman
Edmond North football coach Scott Burger instructs players during a skills camp in Edmond, Wednesday June 12, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Steve Gooch - The Oklahoman

The Little impact

Burger's days at PC West are more than just fun memories. The teaching he received from Little — as well as the other talented coaches he worked for later — is woven through the embodiment of Scott Burger the coach.

Burger was more of a passing quarterback at PC West, but he can still explain the intricate details of the triple-option the exact way Little taught it in 1973.

“The first step is here, then you go here ...” Burger said, beginning to act out the step-by-step movements of the quarterback in the play. “I can still do that in my sleep, just the way Coach Little taught it.

“He always told us to do the little things right, to take care of the little things, and that's one of the things that still sticks with me today. There's a ton of stuff like that, but that's the biggest one.”

Little, who died in 2011, had immense respect for Burger as well.

“Coach Little loved Scott,” said Rob Green, a former PC West assistant who replaced Little when he left in 1985. “He always said Scott may have been the best athlete to come through Putnam City West back then, with his size and speed and everything. He always said Scott could do just about anything he wanted to do athletically.”

On his own

Burger is in a new world now.

For the first time, he's hiring assistant coaches, organizing practice schedules, and handling all the other administrative and menial tasks that often fall on the head coach.

“It's been kind of hectic,” he said. “A lot of this is very new. I'm wearing a lot of different hats.”

But the bother of those duties goes away when he gets on the field with his players.

“I could practice all day with these guys. They're great kids,” Burger said. “This is what I love to do, to coach, and these kids are having fun. And that's what football's all about — having fun.”

Burger hasn't been a head coach for a single game yet, but after more than three decades as an assistant under legendary coaches such as Little, Ron Taylor and Bob Wilson, among others, Burger is as prepared as any rookie could be.

“He's been a defensive coordinator, my offensive coordinator — the next obvious decision for him was to be a head coach,” said Wilson, PC North's head coach the last 21 years. “He has a really good football mind. He's a great Christian man, a good character guy. He's got all the things you're looking for in a head coach. He'll do a great job for them at Edmond North.”

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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