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HOLDENVILLE - Holdenville High School
Head Football Coach
Holdenville High School
Rockport-Fulton Junior High School
HOLDENVILLE - Holdenville High School football coach Gary Autry was reinstated today by a 3-2 vote of the school board.
Autry had been reassigned late last week and missed Holdenville's football game last Friday at Wilburton after an alleged sexually-charged hazing incident on school grounds. "That's all I ever wanted was to coach the team," Autry said. I know a lot of the other mothers, the ones that support coach Autry, they feel that it wasn't his fault, but I don't think they know all the story." After the vote, most of the school board members quickly left while Autry met a group of Holdenville players and other supporters of Autry, giving most of them hugs. Holdenville superintendent Steve Butcher initially reassigned Autry. Autry is the Dean of Students at the school. The woman said some in the group were there to support the principal and the superintendent, not Autry.
Former Hardin-Simmons assistant football coach Gary Autry has been dismissed as head football coach at Holdenville (Okla.) High School and reassigned after accusations of sexually charged hazing.
Autry expresses high expectations for program.Greenville's new head football coach and athletic director Gary Autry said his high expectations for the Lions should match those of the fans.Here the fans expect to win and we expect to win , said Autry.We always expect to win..Autry , hired by the Greenville Independent School District's Board of Trustees on Monday night , visited with the GISD administrators on Wednesday morning and then with some of the GHS coaches and players in the offseason football program.He will officially start work on March 26.He said he's not worried about the Board's 4-3 vote.I don't let those type of things bother me , he said.I think the community will be very supportive here.We're going to do the right thing in football..Autry said he's excited about the opportunity to carry on the success that coach Marvin Sedberry enjoyed with the Lions during the past six seasons.The Lions went 54-19-1 during that period , with six playoff trips , five district titles , five bi-district championships and two regional crowns.I can't be Coach Sedberry , said Autry , whose career record is 159-82-4.We're looking to continue working these kids to be successful..Autry won seven district championships in Van Buren , Ark. , from 1984 to 1996 , plus the 4A state championship in 1996 and also reached the Arkansas state finals in 1990.He's coached the last four seasons on the Texas Gulf Coast at Rockport-Fulton , where he turned around a winless program.Prior to Autry's arrival in 1997 , the Pirates had gone 0-29-1 after moving up from Class 3A.His first Pirate team was 2-8 but his last three went 7-4 , 7-4 and 13-1 with three trips to the playoffs.Rockport was certainly a good place to be , he said.The 13-1 team , which reached the Class 4A state quarterfinals , averaged 359.9 yards and 35 points per game for the season , scoring 70 touchdowns.The Pirates relied on the same wishbone offense that Autry is planning to operate with the Lions.We call it a wishbone , he said.A multi-formation wishbone..The Lions' overall team speed will help make the triple-option offense work , according to Autry.I think it's the best offense there is for utilizing speed , he said.He also said the Lions will play an exciting brand of football..Autry used a 50 jam defense at Rockport-Fulton that featured the deployment of outside linebackers rather than defensive ends.Autry was a defensive coordinator at Mena High School in Arkansas and Highland High School in Ewing , Mo. , before becoming the head football coach in 1977 at his alma mater in Van Buren.He played football , basketball and baseball at Van Buren High School and competed in track and field.He was a tight end-linebacker in football and wound up playing at Missouri Southern after spending a couple of years at the University of Arkansas.His family includes wife Lisa and daughter Laura , who is a high school freshman.We want to be a part of the community , he said.Autry said he wants the whole athletic program to be successful.I think the key to the entire athletic program is the strength program , he said.As for the coaches currently on the staff he said , I'm not coming in here to run a bunch of people off..Autry said he hasn't made a decision yet whether the Lions' football team will go through three weeks of spring training or opt for the extra week of two-a-day workouts in the fall.He said that decision rests on when he can put together a staff of assistants.Autry will have to replace at least two coaches on the football staff.
It was a close vote but Rockport-Fulton football coach Gary Autry got the nod from the Greenville SISD board to consider tax refund at meetingBy Dorothy N. Fowler Herald Democrat Sherman Independent School District Trustees will consider approving a $73,000 tax refund at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater at Sherman High School.According to documents provided to trustees by G ... Early voting begins today on SF bondSANTA FE -- A typographical error on a set of minutes from the district's Educational Improvement Committee might be responsible for confusion about tax increases related to the district's coming bond election.
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NewsOK Related Articles Gary Autry was reassigned late last week and missed Holdenville's football game Sept. 18 at Wilburton because of an alleged hazing incident Sept. 17 on school grounds. He was reinstated by a 3-2 vote of the school board during a 7 a.m. meeting. "That's all I ever wanted was to coach the team," Autry said Thursday morning. After the vote, most of the school board members left quickly while Autry met a group of Holdenville players and other supporters, giving most of them hugs. Senior Taylor Hignite was one of the players standing in that line to hug Autry. The incident happened just before lunch period, right after Autry had dismissed his weightlifting class. Investigators say a freshman player was "tea bagged" - an expression used when a man rubs his scrotum against another person's face or mouth. The parents and Autry both said the incident occurred just inside the entrance to the locker room from the weight room inside the Wolverines' fieldhouse. "They did an excellent job," Autry said, referring to both the coaching staff and the players. "It's an unfortunate thing to happen, but I cooperated fully, and I didn't do anything wrong. I hated that it ever happened and feel bad for all the kids involved." Autry led the Wolverines in a practice of a little more than an hour Thursday afternoon as they went through their final tune-up before playing tonight at Morris. He addressed the issue with his team. "I told the team to focus on what they were doing," Autry said. I know a lot of the other mothers - the ones that support coach Autry - they feel that it wasn't his fault, but I don't think they know all the story." Holdenville Superintendent Steve Butcher was the one who reassigned Autry. Autry is the dean of students at the school. The woman said some in the group were there to support the principal and the superintendent, not Autry.