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April 7, 2014

Quick 5 with Josh Sumrall, Coyle boys basketball and baseball coach

STILLWATER, Okla. — How much of your day do you spend performing duties as a coach and administrator?

My day starts at the office at 7:30 a.m. I take care of superintendent and other school duties until about 1:00 p.m. I then go home for a quick lunch and a change of cloths and start junior high practice at 1:30 p.m., followed by high school practice at 2:30 p.m. If there are games that night I obviously coach those and usually get home anywhere from 11:00 p.m. to midnight. If there are not games, I sometimes go back to the office after practice to work on more superintendent duties.

This season you had to relace a lot of key pieces from last season’s state finals team, describe the challenges working with players in new roles?

Every year brings a new team and new personnel to mold. This year we had several players that had to step into new roles and even some that had very little varsity experience. It took about seven to eight weeks for everyone to learn new roles and to gain experience. Overall, we did a great job of coming together as a team, played our best of the year at playoff time, and finished very strong. This team gained the most ground from November to February than any team that I have ever had.

How proud are you of Coyle’s new athletic facilities?

I am extremely proud of Coyle's new athletic facilities. The community and school district patrons have done a very good thing in passing this bond issue. We were able to host a main site regional OSSAA playoff tournament in our new gymnasium, which brought ten different schools and their fans to Coyle. We had several very positive comments and compliments about our facilities.

You umpire baseball games, how does your experience as a coach help you umpire and your experience as an umpire help you as a coach?

My experience as an umpire and coach help each other in many different ways. I take both positions very serious and try to work hard and be as professional as possible. Experiencing both sides of officiating and coaching help the most in understanding how each position thinks and acts. I definitely hold both positions to a high level and expect anyone doing either position to do the same.

Is there a coach in college and pro’s that you admire?

The college coach that I learned a lot from early in my coaching career is Roy Williams, head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. I attended a coaching clinic of his when he was at Kansas University and really walked away with a lot of respect for how he ran his program. Other coaches that I try to pattern my program and some philosophies from are coaches Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University, Eddie Sutton, and Bobby Knight. I've taken some things from all of those coaches and molded my own program.

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