Stillwater News Press

High School Sports

July 6, 2012

Worley to join Stillwater High football staff

STILLWATER, Okla. — When Trent Worley was hired by the Stillwater Public School board earlier in the week, Stillwater High School and Tucker Barnard got much more than an assistant athletic director and a math teacher.

Barnard also got some much needed help on his football coaching staff.

Worley will take over the special teams and linebacker coaching duties when the Pioneers take the field this fall. Worley had previously coached special teams at Lincoln Christian High School in Tulsa.

“I think it will help a lot,” Barnard said. “Trent has some great experience. He was a special teams coordinator at Lincoln Christian and he has a lot of really good things that are going to help us improve in special teams. Not only will it be the technical aspects, but also the X’s and O’s and the practice scheduling.

“Special teams is an area where we weren’t great last year. We we’re OK, but we just tried to make sure that we weren’t going to lose in those areas. There were some times where we didn’t do as well as we needed to. Obviously, our kickers did a great job last year. With (Matheus) Barbosa and (Isaiah) Graves back, those guys can be weapons for us. But from the kick coverages to the blocks and return game, Trent is going to be a great help.”

Worley will also help out on defense with the young linebackers. Throughout spring practice, Barnard has been in charge of the linebackers, but the Stillwater coach said Worley’s addition will help free him up more to work with the entire team.

“With him on the defensive side, that’s going to allow me to float a little bit more defensively and work with both sides of the ball instead of being tied down to the linebackers like I have been in the past,” Barnard said. “It will be a great help. He’s got a lot of experience as a head coach and a defensive coordinator. So we’re really getting ourselves into a position on the staff where there’s a lot of experience and a lot of experience at the top in terms of leadership. It will help because I can back away a little bit. I’ll still be involved, obviously, with the entire defense. But it will give me an even better opportunity to be all over the field.”

As with most coaching changes, additions to the staff right before the season begins can sometimes force a coach to play catch-up as the season starts. Barnard said that isn’t the case with Worley.

“I’m not worried at all,” Barnard said. “In fact, we’ll start this Tuesday during our individual camp, we’ll start teaching some game skills to the kids — from blocking to returning kicks — just all the individual skills that we can put together, we’re going to start putting some time on those at the individual camp.

“I don’t feel like we’re behind at all in that area. I think we’re probably going to be ahead of where we we’re last year. We had to spend so much time on offense and defense last year that we will actually be way ahead of where we were last year. Trent’s got some great practice schedule ideas for us that he’s implemented before. He’s going to be real valuable to us.”


Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Must Read