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Prep notebook: Todd Dilbeck to be named Choctaw football coach

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: April 29, 2013

After seven seasons, Todd Dilbeck is returning to Oklahoma, where he is expected to be named the football coach and athletic director at Choctaw, pending school board approval.

Dilbeck has coached at multiple programs in the state, including Tahlequah and Mustang. He was one of the first high school coaches in the state to implement and succeed with a multiple-receiver, spread offense that gained popularity in the mid-2000s.

He coached Mustang to the Class 6A state championship game in 2005, losing 33-7 to Tulsa Union. He left after that season to join Todd Graham's coaching staff at Rice University for one year, then went to Alma (Ark.) High School for six years.

With funding from a bond issue a few years ago, and the pending split of Class 6A football teams, it seems like an ideal time to take over a program like Choctaw, which will be in Division II of the new 6A starting in 2014.

“They've redone some schools and facilities at Choctaw, and you can tell it's a community that's excited about what's going on,” Dilbeck said. “Timing can be great sometimes, and I just think this is an awesome opportunity.”

After the death of his father last November, Dilbeck decided he wanted to return to Oklahoma to be closer to family.

“All of our children are back in Oklahoma, and after the playoffs ended here, I decided it was time to look at getting back to Oklahoma, so that's what I pursued,” he said. “I think this is a great opportunity at a school with administrators, faculty and a community that's really supportive.”


Central Oklahoma men's basketball coach Terry Evans mined the local ranks for a strong 2013 signing class that includes a couple of players making their return to Oklahoma after some time away.

One of those is former Putnam City standout Garen Wright, who hasn't played basketball since graduating from high school in 2009. The 6-foot-4 athlete was drafted by the Houston Astros and played professional baseball for three seasons.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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