Durant Promotes Matthews to Head Coach

Randy Matthews is the new head football coach at Durant High School.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with the student athletes in Durant and the coaching staff," said Matthews.

Matthews spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Durant under head coach Byron Cordell and he also serves as the Dean of Students. His time at school impressed Superintendent Duane Merideth.

"He's a great man of character, knows the game so well, and has had 20 plus years of experience coaching the game, both on the offensive side and the defensive side," said Merideth.

Coach Matthews has some deep Texoma ties, he graduated from Sherman High in 1976, and played football at Austin College. He was a Sherman assistant for many years, and later served as head coach at Van Alstyne, where he lead the Panthers to the state title game. He served as defensive coordinator at Pottsboro before heading to Durant, and feels like the coaches he's worked with have helped define his success.

"I've been blessed to work with a lot of good head coaches and good assistant coaches along the way, and that's what's actually given me all the opportunities that I've had," said Matthews.

And looking forward, the exceptions for the program remain the same.

"Oh, they'll be high, they'll be high. And I have no doubt he will meet those expectations," said Merideth.

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