Durant High School head football coach Randy Matthews has resigned effective immediately.
In two years at the helm of the DHS program he guided the Lions to a 9-11 overall record, finishing fifth in district both seasons.
“We appreciate everything that Coach Matthews brought to the program and wish him well in the future,” Durant superintendent Duane Merideth commented Monday afternoon.
The Lions began spring practice on Monday with close to 60 players participating according to Durant Athletic Director Tony Tubbs, who will be coordinating activities in the interim.
Matthews served one year as the Lion defensive coordinator in 2014 as DHS finished 1-9 before he took over the head coaching helm the past two seasons.
In his first season the Lions struggled out of the gate offensively with a 1-4 start and their only win a 14-7 decision over rival Ada. Durant got things turned around with three victories including a 25-21 upset of Shawnee and record-shattering 61-40 win against Noble.
The Lions went into the final week of the season still in playoff contention but dropped a 21-14 verdict at Bishop Kelley to end the year with a 4-6 mark.
This past fall DHS got off to a solid start with a 27-23 home win over Poteau but managed just six total points in three straight losses.
Durant then notched three victories in its next four district contests, including a wild 56-49 triumph against Noble that put the Lions in firm playoff contention before a 27-7 defeat at Shawnee the following week.
The Lions finished the year with a 28-6 victory over Tulsa Edison on Senior Night but missed out on the playoffs on a tiebreaker as Noble defeated Shawnee.
Matthews expressed a desire to focus on other things when contacted Monday evening.
“I appreciate the chance and opportunity to coach football in Durant the past three years,” Matthews stated. “It’s a great place to coach and teach and I hope they keep going in a positive directions and I have no doubt they will do so.
“It’s time for me to go and focus on doing other things at this point and we’ll see where it leads.”
Merideth said Durant will begin a search for Matthews’ replacement immediately.
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