Northeastern State is looking for a couple of defensive coaches. Assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Mike Knoll has retired, and defensive line coach Greg Richmond resigned for a new opportunity. Knoll quit after 37 years in the business. Richmond, a former Douglass High and Oklahoma State star, took a job with an agency that mentors underprivileged children.
“He will be mentoring young kids who need help in life, and I applaud him as a person to be able to take on a challenge like that,” Northeastern State head coach Kenny Evans said. “Greg was a young coach that was great for us. I think he would have a bright future in this profession, but he has a chance to do something that is extremely important and fulfilling for him.”
In a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Richmond said he was grateful to many people for pointing him in the right direction.
“I grew up in an environment where it was easy for a kid to go left,” he said. “But my coaches, my mom and dad, they made such an impact on my life.”
*The departure of Langston football coach Mickey Joseph remains a mystery. Langston did not return messages left by The Oklahoman, and Joseph could not be reached for comment. Joseph spent two successful seasons at the NAIA school, leading the Lions to a 13-7 record. LU fell a victory short of winning the Central States Football League championship in 2011; the Lions finished 6-4 this season after starting 1-3.
Athletic director Mike Garrett announced assistant Dwone Sanders would move to head coach. Sanders spent two seasons under Joseph as defensive coordinator.
*Bacone football coach Trevor Rubly said 90 percent of the team is participating in offseason workouts but some “who are still being a little hardheaded about buying into what we want to do.” The results are on paper, though. More minutes in the weight room helped Bacone finish 7-3 this season, one of the best records in school history.
“In the back of your mind, you always think about what changes could be made to make things better,” Rubly said. “Before I was here (as head coach), we were maybe 50-50 or 60-40 on the bad side about offseason work. Now we are doing things about 90 percent good.”
*With just four teams, the Central States Football League was inactive this past season, but it should return in 2013 with the addition of Wayland Baptist and Oklahoma Baptist. Other CSFL teams will reportedly be Bacone, Langston, Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) and Texas College. Some schools want to change the name of the league.
*Southern Nazarene will play a full Great American Conference schedule next season, which includes five home games. That's better than the two SNU hosted this season.
*Former Ponca City High tight end Adam Schlitz was named a Daktronics second team NCAA Division II All-American. The 6-foot-4, 256-pounder is a senior at Emporia State (Kan.).
*Oklahoma Baptist football coach Chris Jensen is getting another former Southmoore player. J.P. Hendrick, a lineman for Jensen at Southmoore, will transfer from Oklahoma State to OBU. Hendrick was a freshman thrower for the OSU track and field team. He was a Class 6A All-Star as a lineman in high school. If he continues as to throw, OBU track and field coach Ford Mastin is getting a good prospect. At OSU, Hendrick placed fifth in the shot at the John Jacobs Invitational and the Kansas State Invitational.
Jensen has eight former Southmoore players on the roster.
Southern Nazarene won its 100th game under fifth-year men's basketball coach Adam Bohac. No. 100 was assured with two seconds left in the Crimson Storm's 82-79 victory recently over Arkansas-Fort Smith. Quan Conner splashed a 3-pointer — his fifth of the game — to clinch the victory.
“It's fun to get that win, and it's special with so many people that are still here,” Bohac said in a statement. “Coach (Artavius) Bogan has been here for all of them, and so has Jon (West). Some of these seniors have been here for most of them. It's all about players, and we've had some really good players since I've been here.”
Bohac is the fastest coach in SNU men's history to reach 100 victories. That's significant considering the Bethany school's strong basketball tradition built under coaches such as Loren Gresham and Bobby Martin. Gresham is currently school president, and Martin is athletic director.
*Oklahoma Baptist's volleyball team has two All-Americans: outside hitter Kristin Pressley made the first team, and setter Sabra Clark was a second-team pick. Pressley, the Bison's first two-time All-American, led the Sooner Athletic Conference with 4.33 kills per game and averaged 3.91 digs. Clark is the school record holder for career assists. ... The Bison was No. 5 in the final NAIA rankings, the highest finish for the program in history. OBU won a school-record 35 matches.
Fort Hays State (Kan.) wrestler Mitchell Means must be seething, if not confused. He started last week as the No. 8-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds in NCAA Division II. Twice, he lost to unranked Jordan Basks of Central Oklahoma. Basks, a junior from Claremore, pinned Means in their first meeting and then decisioned the Fort Hays State junior 3-2 to win the division championship at the Jet Invitational in Wichita.