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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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Willis plans to continue letting the talents of his players dictate that decision.

“I've got a system I'm going to bring with me,” Willis said. “I feel you have to look at the type of guys you have to decide what you need do.”

Since being hired in early June, Willis hasn't had a chance to work with his team yet. He'll get his first chance during a weeklong team camp in July.

“We'll use that time to install some things,” Willis said. “After we evaluate the personnel we have, and get an idea of what we feel we can be successful at, then we'll utilize our system to do those things.”

While Willis admits leaving Harrah wasn't easy, the chance to become an athletic director at Purcell was another key factor in his decision.

“I was not upset with Harrah at all,” Willis said. “I loved my time there. This is just a professional decision for me. It's an opportunity to gain more responsibility as an athletic director in addition to being a football coach. Career wise I felt that was a move I needed to make for me and my family.”

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
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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