On the basketball court, Westmoore coach Robert Foreman is a stern disciplinarian who is always in control. But when he’s at home, he concedes his two daughters run the show.

This summer, Foreman’s daughters showed how much pull they have with their dad. In order to be closer to them, Foreman resigned his post as Westmoore boys basketball coach in order to take the reigns at Mustang High as the girls basketball skipper.

“My 8-year-old really wanted me to do it,” he said. “So that was enough for me.”

Foreman grew up in Mustang and graduated from MHS in 1990. Despite several coaching stints, Foreman’s heart never left his hometown. In his nine years at Westmoore, Foreman made the 30-minute drive each way to keep his family in Mustang.

“I was born and bred in Mustang,” he said. “The opportunity presented itself and I took it based on my family.”

Mustang School Board members approved Foreman as the new coach last week during an executive session. Mustang’s Athletic Director called Foreman after the vote came in.

“The offered me the job Monday night,” he said. “I met with my kids at Westmoore Tuesday morning. Then I met with the girls at Mustang that afternoon.”

The job at Mustang had been open since former MHS coach Taft Turner left earlier in the year to take the boys basketball coaching position at U.S. Grant. Turner was at Mustang for one year; his team went 8-15.

Foreman’s final year at Westmoore was not a pretty one, the Jaguars finished with a 3-19 record.

However, Foreman said he was happy at Westmoore. “Westmoore has been a great place for nine years. I appreciate everything they have done for me. I just thought I needed a change of scenery. This is the only place I would have gone to coach girls. I never had thought about it before.”

Westmoore athletic director Chris Crosbie said Foreman had let the staff know early on about his interest in the Mustang job so they would be prepared. As soon as the paperwork is in, school officials will post the job opening and begin their search for a new boys basketball coach.

“We just completed summer basketball period,” Crosbie said. “Those kids get a break now. In late July or early August we want to get the coach settled in, meet the kids and get the program rolling.”

But Crosbie said the Jaguars are losing more than a coach.

“We are going to miss him,” Crosbie said. “He is loyal, a good person, high character. He not only ran an honest, solid and consistent program, but also is a very good teacher. He did whatever we needed him to do.”

Foreman said he’s looking forward to the day his two daughters will get the chance to play for him at MHS. That was the biggest selling point in leaving Westmoore. This will be Foreman’s third head coaching position since he entered the profession in 1994.

“I could have stayed at Westmoore for as long as I wanted to be there,” he said. “But Mustang contacted me about the job. It has been open for a while. The next thing I knew I am taking the job. I think it’s a better environment for raising two daughters, being around a girls locker room as opposed to a boys.”

Foreman said he started to get calls and text messages from former players congratulating him on the job.

“It was not an easy decision. I didn’t accomplish all the things I wanted to at Westmoore, like play for a state championship. But hopefully I taught the kids valuable life lessons.”

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