When he signed on to be the head football coach at Choctaw last week, Todd Dilbeck compared the Yellowjackets’ situation to what he walked into as the Mustang coach 10 years ago.
On Friday, Dilbeck took one more step down that path, hiring Mustang head coach Ty Prestidge — previously Dilbeck’s assistant with the Broncos — as his offensive coordinator at Choctaw, pending school board approval.
“It’s still board-pending, but when I came back to Oklahoma, I knew there was one piece I wanted to get back with us,” Dilbeck said. “Ty and I have worked at three places together before. He hired me at Plainview and Westmoore, and now I’ve hired him at Mustang and Choctaw.”
Dilbeck spent the last seven years out of state, with one year as an assistant at Rice University and six as the head coach at Alma (Ark.) High School.
Prestidge, who had served as Choctaw’s head coach for one season before joining Dilbeck at Mustang, informed his team Friday afternoon that he would not return. He will coordinate the Choctaw offense, just like he did under Dilbeck at Mustang when the team reached the 2005 state championship game.
“I feel like he’s the best quarterback coach and coordinator in the state of Oklahoma,” Dilbeck said. “He understands how to teach quarterbacks and he relates to kids really well.”
Mustang likely won’t be able to get a new head coach in place in time for spring practice, which can begin May 13. But as the largest school on the west side of the state in a district that is putting lots of money into schools and athletic facilities, Mustang athletic director Chuck Bailey is likely to have a long list of applicants.
“Ty informed me (Friday morning) that he was resigning his position,” Bailey said. “We appreciate what Ty did, and we look forward to the process of replacing him here at Mustang.”