ARDMORE, Okla. - With a packed house waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the new Ardmore Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, the school board took just ten minutes to choose current Ardmore Defensive Coordinator Josh Newby.
"To finally hear your name after really being patient and trying to be really picky about your first head coach job, to finally hear your name, it was a special moment," Newby said.
Newby coached under four different coaches during his 16-year tenure at Ardmore High School.
"It was time to either be the 5th or move on," Newby said. "I'm glad it worked out like it did."
Former Ardmore Coach Doug Wendel left to coach at Midlothian last month and his vacant position drew interest from all over the U.S. Newby takes over a program that made it to the state semifinals a year ago. Superintendent Sonny Bates is pleased with their selection.
"I wouldn't mind him coaching my son, because I know not only would he be a good athlete, but a person of character," said Bates. "Coach Newby teaches values."
There may be a new coach at the helm, but Newby says the expectation of Tiger football won't change.
"Every year is different and we're going to have to earn it," Newby said. "I told them [student-athletes] right now our goal is still the same; we're going to try to win that district title and get into the plays to scratch and claw and hope to get into that last ball game."
As a defensive guy, Coach Newby will have a strong presence on that side of the ball and as of right now he says the Tiger offense will stay with it's traditional option attack, but with a few more wrinkles.
"We're going to continue to do the same thing we've been doing, maybe be a little more efficient in our passing game and just continue to execute at a high level," said Newby.
A portion of Newby's Athletic Director duties will begin immediately, with the the remainder beginning at the end of the school year.