After nine successful seasons at Piedmont, boys basketball coach Ryan Wagner is going to try to repeat that performance at Putnam City North.
Wagner built the Wildcats into a perennial state tournament team, even with the school growing from Class 4A to 5A.
He replaces Rick Harris at Putnam City North, who had held the job since 2007. Harris stepped down to have more time to watch his two children compete in college athletics.
Wagner is excited for the opportunity that lies ahead with the 6A Panthers.
“It’s a great school district, and the really big thing for me is that there’s a lot of tradition, a lot of pride in the athletic programs at Putnam City North,” Wagner said. “When I resigned at Piedmont, I wanted everyone to know how important they were to our success. The parents were great. The community was amazing. The administration really let me be myself and work to build that program. And then the kids worked hard.
“I think it’s going to be the same way at Putnam North. I feel like I’m going from a good situation to a really good situation.”
RODDY, REESE WIN GATORADE TRACK AWARDS
A pair of throwers earned the state’s Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year awards, announced this week.
Duncan’s Kevin Roddy and Fairview’s Baylor Reese were selected as the winners.
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