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Washington football coach Brad Beller rebuilds after tornado

His players were among the first ones to help after his house was destroyed.
BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, Modified: June 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm •  Published: June 21, 2011

In the ensuing days, Beller would find things in strange places. Beller said pieces of his house were found at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

A Lexington highlight DVD was found at the Riverwind Casino. Beller coached at Lexington before coming to Washington.

But after a couple days of cleaning up, it was back to work. And so far that's the biggest difference with this Warriors club compared to 2010.

“It's been good to get away from everything,” Benson said. “You don't have to worry about cleaning up or anything like that.

“It's just a different attitude in everything we do. We've been a close team before, but I think we're even closer now. Lifting, running, it doesn't matter. We like doing it together as a team.”

The change is evident in Beller, too. He said this upcoming season is going to be different. After a 1-2 start in 2010, the Warriors rallied to reach the Class 2A state quarterfinals in Beller's first year.

“After all the support the community has shown to me and my family the last few weeks, I feel like I owe them a great season,” Beller said. “I'm going to give them everything I've got.”

Driving up to the Beller's house, the driveway remains intact, but that's it. Everything has been bulldozed away, and the Beller family is just waiting for the OK from the insurance company to start rebuilding. The family is currently staying with Brad's parents.

It wasn't a total loss for Brad, Kami and their two daughters. Though Brad Beller said he's not 100 percent sure about what survived, two incredibly important things were not destroyed: the photo albums from the birth of his daughters and his wedding photo album.

“Something like that makes you realize what's really special in life,” Beller said. “In the blink of an eye something can change. It's all about how you respond to these situations. And as a team, we're going to get through it together.”


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