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Putnam City North promotes Rod Richardson to head football coach

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: May 2, 2014

PC North promotes Richardson

Rod Richardson was named Putnam City North’s new head football coach on Friday, succeeding his former boss, Bob Wilson, who retired from coaching last month.

Richardson has been on the PC North football staff for the last decade, and has been the school’s head baseball coach for the last five years. He will relinquish his baseball duties at the end of the season, having won more than 100 games with two trips to the state tournament.

Richardson was the Panthers’ receivers coach, then became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season.

“I’ve been lucky to learn under some of the best coaches our state has ever had,” Richardson said. “They taught me so much about building character and responsibility in young men and how to prepare them to succeed on the field. Now the challenge is mine. I’m thrilled and humbled to be trusted to run such a storied 6A football program.”

Richardson takes over an impressive coaching lineage, from Ron Taylor to Mike Little to Wilson, who held the job the last 22 seasons.

“Rod Richardson is someone with passion, excitement and unlimited energy who will build upon Putnam City North’s tradition of excellence,” PC North principal Dr. Brian Chastain said. “He knows our players, families and community and has proven that he knows how to lead a team and run an athletic program.”


Midwest City defensive back Will Sunderland received his Semper Fidelis All-America game invitation on Thursday, capping an already big week for the 6-foot-4, 195-pound safety.

Sunderland picked up scholarship offers from Nebraska and Kansas, following up an offer from Ohio State late last month as well. He now has eight offers on the table, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Arkansas and Kansas State.

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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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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