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July 1, 2014

Stark takes over at Southmoore

MOORE — For the second time in the school’s history, Southmoore didn’t have to look far to find a new football coach. The Moore Board of Education approved the hiring of Jeremy Stark to take over the program Monday during a special board meeting at Moore High.

“It’s awesome,” Stark said. “It’s a great place to be stepping into. Very excited about. Something I’ve looked forward to and dreamed about, being a head coach. I couldn’t ask for a better situation to be stepping into.”

Stark had been the defensive coordinator since 2012 after serving for two seasons on staff as a defensive assistant and special teams coordinator.

Before coming to Southmoore, Stark had coaching stints at Putnam City North and in Edmond.

But it has been his years at Southmoore under coaches Chris Jensen and Jeff Brickman that Stark said has prepared him for this new role.

“We have great kids,” Stark said. “They work hard and are committed. Coach Jensen and coach Brickman had great coaching staffs. So, the guys we have on staff are great coaches, hard workers. It’s a great position to be stepping into.”

Stark is replacing Jensen, who stepped down earlier this month to accept a position at Oklahoma Baptist.

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 team’s offensive coordinator for four years under Jensen, who is now the head coach at Oklahoma Baptist University.

Even though Stark is following behind Jensen and Brickman, he makes it clear he is his own coach and will do things a little differently.

“It will be similar to what it has been in the past,” Stark said. “But it will have a little bit of a different  fingerprint on it because I’m not coach Jensen and I’m not coach Brickman, so I can’t do things the way they always did. I’ll add my own flair to it as they come.”

Stark said the current coaching staff will stay intact. He will be looking to add a defensive coordinator to replace himself.

Even though Stark has been with the team throughout the offseason, he will have a message for the players the next time they come together. But it will be as their new head coach.

“The message will be that we’re on track,” Stark said. “Southmoore is a good program. We need to stay on track and step our game up this year.

“We are going to a new 6A and each week is going to be a dog fight. We need to be prepared and push ourselves.”

The school board also approved the hiring of Mike Fadum as the Moore High boys soccer coach and Brian Fitzgerald as the district athletic director. Fitzgerald’s salary will be set at $75,000 annually.

Fitzgerald moves over from Westmoore where he was the senior class principal.

“I’ve always been interested in the position,” Fitzgerald said. “I have a coaching background, teaching background and I’ve been in administration for 12 years. I think you can do a lot for the community by helping the athletes, helping the coaches.”

Fitzgerald replaces Carl Franks, who was moved to another position within the district, according to superintendent Robert Romines.

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