The Tuttle school board approved the hire of Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard as the Tigers’ new football coach on Monday night.
A Claremore native, Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay.
“He’s going to do a tremendous job,” Lincoln Christian head coach Darren Melton said. “He brings a lot of passion to the game. He’s a kid magnet. He coaches them hard, but does it with a lot of love. The kids in Tuttle are gonna love him.
“He’s creative, he’s cutting-edge. The thing people need to know about him is that he’s got an offensive mind, too. You can’t be a good defensive coordinator without knowing offense. He’s following a guy who had an awful lot of success, but we lost a good one. He’s a great friend and we’re really happy for him.”
Ballard replaces Philip Koons, who was the Tigers’ head coach for the last 21 seasons. He won more than 200 games and two state titles before resigning last month. Multiple schools have been in pursuit of Koons, but he has yet to land anywhere.