High school notebook: Broken Arrow's Steve Spavital resigns as football coach

Spavital cites health concerns as a reason for vacating the post.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: December 2, 2013
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photo -  Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital resigned Monday, ending a seven-year run with the Tigers. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital resigned Monday, ending a seven-year run with the Tigers. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Broken Arrow football coach Steve Spavital resigned from his position Monday afternoon just days after the Tigers were eliminated from the Class 6A playoffs.

Spavital spent the past seven years with the Tigers, finishing with a 39-12 record and one state championship game appearance.

He thought this was best for the team while citing some health concerns.

“During the last few years, I've been battling several health issues that make coaching a challenge,” Spavital said in a release. “I am a competitor, and it's frustrating to have my coaching performance limited by issues beyond my control. The players deserve a head coach who can give them 100 percent, and I have reached a point where I just can't do that for them anymore.”

Spavital will remain with the school district but in an unspecified role.

Broken Arrow, the largest school in the state with an average daily attendance of nearly 4,700 students, finished this season with a 10-3 record. All three losses came to Jenks and Tulsa Union, which beat the Tigers twice this season and ended their season last week.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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