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Veteran coaching staff hopes to turn around St. Mary football

by Jason Kersey Modified: August 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm •  Published: August 14, 2011

/articleid/3594666/1/pictures/1486962">Photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Head Coach Chris Stiles throws a pass during football practice at Father Kenneth Fulton Field on the Mount St. Mary Catholic High School campus in south Oklahoma City Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Head Coach Chris Stiles throws a pass during football practice at Father Kenneth Fulton Field on the Mount St. Mary Catholic High School campus in south Oklahoma City Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

“It definitely gives me some reassurance,” senior quarterback John Tener said of the new coaching staff's vast experience. “I've always looked up to the coaching staff, and really tried to analyze the example that they set for me, and really use their knowledge to make me better. And I'm really confident that these coaches will help me do that.”

Only time will tell how quickly Stiles, who has a career record in Oklahoma of 62-30, can turn the program into a winner. But some are expecting significant strides in Year 1.

“We saw it early in the spring,” Little said. “The first thing you look at are the eyes of those young men.

“Not everything is gonna go perfect, but I've been in these situations and I know how quickly a snowball can start going downhill and building momentum. ... There's some cautious optimism here because we see them doing some things that we ordinarily don't see in a situation like this.”

Stiles said the Rockets have about 60 kids out for football this year, and a freshman class of 26.

“(Mount St. Mary has) success in softball and basketball and other sports, and now it's time for football to be up there with those other programs in our school,” Mussatto said. “It's really exciting to be part of the first team that can change it all around for us.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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