New Purcell football coach Greg Willis looking forward to continuing strong tradition

Greg Willis couldn't resist the chance to coach in a town that felt so much like home. That's ultimately what led Willis to leave Harrah this summer to become the new football coach at Purcell.
by Trent Shadid Modified: June 28, 2013 at 11:00 am •  Published: June 28, 2013
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Greg Willis couldn't resist the chance to coach in a town that felt so much like home.

That's ultimately what led Willis to leave Harrah this summer to become the new football coach at Purcell.

“I was attracted to the tradition that Purcell has,” Willis said. “I grew up in Hobart, another traditional football town, so I know what that's like. I felt that (Purcell) was a really good opportunity to take with it being a big high school football town.”

The Dragons, currently in Class 3A, have made the playoffs 10 of the last 12 seasons.

“It's obvious to see the tradition with that sort of recent success,” Willis said. “I have an opportunity now to see if I can enhance that tradition.”

Willis has spent the last six years at Harrah, compiling a record of 27-35. The Panthers went 1-9 in Class 4A last season after making back-to-back playoff appearances.

“The experience at Harrah was awesome,” Willis said. “I had a chance to work with some really great coaches there, and every year things got better. Last year we had some bad luck, but in this business that happens.”

Willis' Harrah squads were known for their power running game, a philosophy he used because it fit what his players did best.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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