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July 3, 2013

Change of direction

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MOORE —

“Obviously coach Gray did an awesome job working with our girls,” Mashburn said. “And he did lots of great things with them. It just came to the point where we felt like we need a change. It’s never easy.”

Concerning the swim team, the change is an attempt to get the squad back to its former glory.

“You want to build programs and our program was struggling a little bit,” Mashburn said. “We’ve had some really good swimming programs in the past and teams that have done well. We are going to compete, we’’re going to win. We’re going to do all those things that we need to do. We felt it was time for a change.”

Both Gray and Nelson were removed from their posts at the end of the school year. Their replacements have already been hired.

Trey Taunton was hired in June as the new swim coach after being an assistant at Westmoore.

“He’s been in district for a couple of years,” Mashburn said. “Been working with the Westmoore swim program. He brings a passion to the program the kids are going to feed off of. That’s huge.”

Rhonda Fields will take over the girls’ basketball team. Her experience spans 30 years with stints at Jenks, Stillwater, Chickasha and Sulphur. She has amassed a 489-306 record

“She’s taking the right steps to change the program,” Mashburn said. “Every program that she has stepped into, she has taken them to the state tournament … Every place she’s been, she’s changed that program for the better. She is going to be a hall of fame coach. You can’t pass up on somebody like that.”

Along with Deidra Raider being named the volleyball coach, it has been a busy offseason for Mashburn. But he hopes the changes that have been made signals a new direction for the Lions.

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