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June 22, 2014

Lady Pioneers coach Stephens departs for Weatherford

STILLWATER, Okla. — For the second straight season, the Stillwater Lady Pioneers basketball team will have a new coach after Clay Stephens took a job at Weatherford High School.

“I appreciate all the hard work the girls put in,” Stephens said. “I’m grateful for the support I received here, I just feel this is a better situation for me.”

In his only season with Stillwater, Stephens led the Lady Pioneers to a 10-14 record and was eliminated in regionals. Stephens will take over a Weatherford squad that was ranked No. 2 in Class 4A and reached the state quarterfinals.

“They’ve been pretty good,” Stephens said of his new team. “They lost some pretty good players but it still should be a pretty good situation for me.”

Stillwater High School athletic director Tucker Barnard said he has already received a lot of phone calls and resumes since posting the opening.

“Anytime you have a 6A job in a high profile sport like basketball open up, there is going to be a lot of interest,” Barnard said. “A lot of people would love to be here. We feel like we are a program on the rise. Any guys or girls interested will hopefully keep us in that irection.”

The Lady Pioneers are hosting their basketball camp on Thursday and Friday. Kendra League — who is entering her sixth season as assistant coach will lead the camp and offseason until a new coach is hired.

“Kendra has been through the program several years now,” Barnard said. “She will keep things moving and working. The girls will go through the same drills and workouts.”

Last season, Stephens replaced Carl Treat, who coached Stillwater from 2007-2013. This season’s senior class will have their third coach in as many seasons. Barnard said it’s tough but part of the athletic landscape.

“These girls are tough and resilient,” Barnard said. “We talk about all the time in athletics, the thing you can control is your attitude and effort. They can’t control what their coach does or who he is but can control their approach to the sport.”


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