As the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, Adam Gaylor saw a lot of talent at Westmoore the past two seasons.
So when former Westmoore coach Billy Langford resigned following this season, Gaylor couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become the Jaguars’ coach.
On Monday, he was officially approved by the Moore Schools Board of Directors as head coach.
“After the job came open and I made my initial inquiries, you couldn’t not do it in my position,” Gaylor said. “Definitely one of the premier jobs in all of the state, not just on the west side.”
Gaylor, a Wagoner native, spent the past seven seasons at Broken Arrow, six of which he was the defensive coordinator. He was also a graduate assistant at Central Oklahoma and Northeastern A&M College around one year of serving as Wagoner’s defensive coordinator.
He played football at both Arkansas Tech and UCO before graduating from Northeastern State.
Though he’s well-traveled, Gaylor said he’s ready for his first head coaching gig.
“For a first-time head coach to have the opportunity I have, I’m humbled and I understand what’s being entrusted to me,” he said. “I’m definitely going to work to make sure I don’t disappoint and make sure those that have entrusted me with this I make them happy and I make them proud.”
Both Westmoore and Broken Arrow lost in the Class 6A semifinals last season. The Tigers won the regular-season matchup between the two in Week 10.
Gaylor, though, remembers the Jaguars’ offense standing out that game, especially quarterback Bryson Lee and highly recruited receiver Dahu Green.
“As a defensive coach, I have a lot of respect for their schemes and how they attack you, and also how physical they were,” he said. “Outside looking in, just really, really respected their schemes and the way they coached, but also they had fantastic players.”
All-State swimmers named
The swim teams have been announced for the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State swim meet, to be held the last week of July in Tulsa.
The All-State coaches will be announced at a later date.
Here are the rosters:
•West boys: Garrett Thompson, Altus; Gabriel Sanchez; Enid; Joe Sullivan, Norman; Caleb Kliewer, Edmond Memorial; Michael Britton, Edmond North; Garrett Duncan, Edmond North; Zack Padgett, Edmond North; Riley Bunyard, Harrah; Damon Demar, Duncan.
•East boys: Hunter Cordell, Jenks; Charles Clark, Stillwater; Colton Posey, Tulsa Union; Jesus Carvajal; Tulsa Edison; Brandon Walker, Fort Gibson; Andrew Moore, Jenks; Matthew Tree, Stillwater; Will McDowell, Jenks; Alex Campbell, Jenks.
•West girls: Sarah Nazail, Enid; Hunter McEachern, Enid; Karen Chao, Lawton MacArthur; Jackie Dyer, Norman North; Andrea Rodriguez-Sanchez, Norman North; Kasey Rein, Piedmont; Lara Gatton, Westmoore; Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle; Olivia Seefeldt, Edmond North.
•East girls: Leslie White, Fort Gibson; Kyla Martin, Fort Gibson; Whitney Stroup, Fort Gibson; Amanda Hoffman, Tulsa Union; Gayle Mages, Tulsa Edison; McKenzie Wilson, Tulsa Washington; Samantha Wigley, Ponca City; Jessi Parent, Ponca City; Heather Todd, Jenks.
STATE WRESTLERS HEADED TO DAPPER DAN CLASSIC
Several Oklahoma wrestling seniors will be in Pennsylvania this weekend to compete at the 40th annual Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic being held at the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The event’s preliminary dual will begin at 4 p.m. and feature Oklahoma vs. the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL), with the main event following at 6 p.m. between Team USA and Pennsylvania.
Edmond North’s Joel Dixon, an OU signee, will compete for Team USA at 182 pounds. Joel’s bothers Lance and Andrew will wrestling for the Oklahoma team.
Also among the participants for the Oklahoma team will be four-time state champions Chandler Rogers of Stillwater and Will Steltzlen of Collinsville.
Other participants include Tuttle’s Dakota Head and Edmond North’s Derek White, who both were two-time state champions.
Here are the matches involving Oklahomans in the events:
Oklahoma vs. WPIAL
113: Braden Bennett (Locust Grove) vs. Brendan Price (Canon-McMillan)
120: Jacob Findley (Collinsville) vs. Kevin Kinyua (Mt. Lebanon)
126: No. 20 at 132 Cub Yeager (Locust Grove) vs. No. 11 Dom Forys (North Allegheny)
132: Justin Fletcher (Bixby) vs. No. 6 Tyler Smith (Franklin Regional)
138: Will Steltzen (Collinsville) vs. Tyler Buckiso (Peters Township)
145: Jonce Blaylock (Berryhill) vs. Grant Fetchet (South Fayette)
152: No. 19 Dakota Head (Tuttle) vs. Steven Edwards (Burrell)
160: Jacobe Smith (Muskogee) vs. Jonathan Avon (North Hills)
170: No. 6 Chandler Rogers (Stillwater) vs. Kyle Coniker (Pittsburgh Central Catholic)
182: No. 10 at 220 Lance Dixon (Edmond North) vs. Terrell Fields (Valley)
195: No. 5 Derek White (Edmond North) vs. Cole Macek (Montour)
220: No. 12 at 285 Andrew Dixon (Edmond North) vs. Jake Temple (Avella)
285: Trey Loveall (Locust Grove) vs. Shane Kuhn (Kiski Area)
Team USA vs. Pennsylvania
182: No. 9 Joel Dixon (Edmond North, Okla.) vs. No. 3 Zack Zavatsky (Greater Latrobe)