McCullough moves on, leaves Sherman basketball

Sherman basketball coach Jeff McCullough is leaving the Bearcats to become the head coach at Norman High School in Oklahoma.

McCullough was approved at the Norman School Board meeting on Monday night. He departs Sherman after a nine year stint as the head coach of the Bearcats.

"It's true," McCullough said. "It was difficult, but it was time for a change. This has been a very emotional time."

McCullough reached the post-season seven times in his nine years at Sherman. His Bearcats won five district titles while under his direction. McCullough leaves Sherman as the school's second all-time winningest coach behind John Williamson.

McCullough impacted the holiday basketball landscape by starting an annual tournament that has become one of the biggest events in the area, the Sherman Holiday Invitational, which is often broadcasted on KXII.

McCullough played college basketball for Tony Robinson at Southeastern. Robinson coached at Norman High School before coming to SOSU. "He's a very good man to have on your resume," McCullough said of Robinson.

The Sherman Bearcats will now have a coaching search on their hands. Someone other than McCullough will lead Bearcat basketball for the first time since 2001.

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  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on Apr 30, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    dont blame kinne we have allways lost our coaches two big schools
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    McCullough is a great coach. Good luck at Norman, they are getting someone who cares about the team and students. Sherman basketball fans will miss you.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    were coach means for the yellow jacket baseball team
  • by Philip Location: Sherman on Apr 22, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    I hate to see McCullough leave!! It is a sad day for SHS!! Administration knew this might happen and did nothing to stop this SHAME, SHAME!! I completely agree with Shermanite's many "good guys" have to leave before SISD wakes up!! Too many!!!
  • by Parent Not Proud of Sherman ISD Admin Location: Sherman on Apr 22, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    SISD needs to wake up and realize that Kinne will ruin the school and it's reputation. I only hope that he takes Hambrick with him. We need someone to see that our kids needs mentors and coaches that have strong ethics, Kinne has neither. I hate that our great coaches who have worked hard to make Sherman a great place to learn and grow are leaving. I only hope that Coaches McCullough, Green, Heath, Young, Pope, etc achieve great things at their new schools (AND COME BACK WHEN KINNE GETS THE BOOT!!!)
  • by Shermanite Location: Sherman on Apr 21, 2010 at 08:08 PM
    SISD is in for a rude awakening when they see how many coaches are leaving because of Kinne. Their concerns fell on deaf ears. Admin wouldn't listen to them. Kinne treats the coaches and players terrible. The foundation is starting to crumble...
  • by Gary Location: Kinne on Apr 21, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    Bearcat basketball fan is absolutely right. McCullough did a great job and had great relationships with his players and coaches, he showed that at the school board meeting on Monday. The only bright spot is SHS athletics is leaving in him. Kinne is a plague who will eventually destroy SHS as well as their athletics. Its a shame McCullough was forced to leave due to Kinne. Hopefully Chad Rumer or Danny Green will apply and get the job if Green doesn't go with McCullough to Norman. Norman residents should be thrilled about having McCullough come up there he will do nothing but great things for the community and school. a
  • by Jason Location: Sherman on Apr 21, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    I hate to see McCullough go. Great basketball over the past nine years at Sherman. Tony Robinson and Sherri Coale used Norman as a stepping stone to college hoops, maybe McCullough will do the same.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    Seems to be a trend in coaching...Once the well goes dry with talent, move on to somewhere else...Same will happen with Denison basketabll, mark it down.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    Very sad for SHS sports, but we all knew this was coming. Norman High School is getting a great coach and a great man. Will Sherman have any coaches left? Congrats to Coach McCullough and thank you for your years at SHS. Your teams provided tons of entertainment for the die hard Sherman fans over the years! Thank you and we wish you the best!
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