However, with the facility upgrades and the impending Class 6A split, to go with some eager young athletes, it seems like the ideal time to build a program at Choctaw.
With the 6A split set to begin in 2014, Choctaw should be in the mix to become a regular playoff contender among the 16 teams in Division II, especially under the leadership of established program builders like Dilbeck and Prestidge.
It will take some time to get to the level of Midwest City, Stillwater or Lawton — some of the expected powerhouses in the new Division II — but once a program starts winning more, other athletes get involved and stay involved.
Aside from that, Dilbeck and Prestidge have long been known for playing a fun brand of offensive football. Their early Mustang teams were the first to succeed with a modified version of the spread offense Mike Leach made famous at Texas Tech in the early 2000s.
And that's what Dilbeck plans to run at Choctaw.
“That's still my style,” Dilbeck said. “We're gonna spread it out, throw it, run it, high tempo. That's something I believe in. It's fun for the kids and exciting for the fans once you get it going.”
Spring practice can begin on Monday, and Dilbeck expects it to be a time of teaching.
“We've got to just get in there and get started,” he said. “We've got a long way to go, but when I met with the players and coaches, they're excited. We've just got to get in there and do what we can in the next couple weeks.”