By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
MOORE — After two years as head coach with the Southmoore SaberCats, Jeff Brickman is moving on. The SaberCats head football coach announced Wednesday that he’s resigning from his position to follow that now familiar path from Southmoore to Oklahoma Baptist University.
“I have been offered the full time position as offensive coordinator for the football program at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), and after much prayer, thought, and discussion with my family, I have decided to accept it,” Brickman said in an e-mail to the American. “My six years at Southmoore High School have been very rewarding, however, this move will allow me to coach full time at the collegiate level.”
Brickman’s announcement caught the team off guard. Jalen Adams, who graduated this year, happened to be at the facility when the team was told and said they had no idea it was coming when he called the team into the locker room at 1 p.m. It was just an hour after the team had finished its third day of team camp at Mustang.
“It was quiet,” Adams said. “Everybody was in a shocked mode. They really didn’t know it was coming. It was one of things where he said hey, guys, we’re going to have a meeting. He kind of brought up the announcement he was getting ready to leave and go somewhere that had offered him a job, I guess. You could hear a pin drop in there it was so quiet. After that everyone stood and gave him a round of applause.”
Calls to Brickman Wednesday evening went unanswered. However, he did talk to the American earlier in the day at the Mustang team camp. At the time he made it seem like he was focused solely on being with Southmoore next year.
“Defense will be one of the better defenses we’ve had since we return 10 starters from last year,” Brickman said. “We changed the offense for three reasons. No. 1: We are in a tougher district. We are going to have to have more guys play on both sides of the ball, and if you are going to do that, I feel like you need to limit the amount of plays you run in a game.”
In his two years as Southmoore’s skipper, the ‘Cats racked up a 13-7 record. Before taking over as head coach in 2012, Brickman was the teams’s offensive coordinator for four years under coach Chris Jensen.
Jensen left Southmoore after the 2011 season to build a football program at OBU. He took with him several coaches from the SaberCats’ staff and Brickman will now join his former co-workers.
“I was shocked,” sophomore quarterback Conner Uselton said. “I’m glad he gets the opportunity to coach in college.”
The search to replace Brickman will need to begin soon with summer workouts just beginning. Assistant coach Spencer Braggs has been named the interim coach until the district hires a full-time coach.
“The football program at Southmoore is very solid, and I have every confidence that the coaching staff there has the capability and drive to carry on the established excellence of SaberCat football,” Brickman stated.
Change is coming: Moore Public School’s Superintendent Robert Romines said a shake-up to the district’s administration is on the way. And that could mean moving district athletics director Carl Franks to another position.
“We are excited about some of the things we’re going to be proposing,” Romines said. “We’re not quite there yet as far as releasing that to the public, but we’ve got some changes coming on. We’re looking forward to that and I think (Franks) is too. He’s still with us. He’s not going anywhere. “
Whatever changes Romines has in store will not take place until at least the end of June or early July because the fiscal year starts July 1.
Romines gave only a few reasons for moving Franks and other personnel.
“Just a change and strengthening several programs, and we’re going to get there,” Romines said. “It’s just going to take us a little time. There was no hidden agenda or that type of thing. Just a different direction in different areas. We’re hoping to piece it all together before July 1. That’s my hope.”
Franks was unable to be reached for comment.