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.”
WRIGHT, ANDERSON HEAD TALENTED UCO BASKETBALL CLASS
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.