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High school football: Altus hires Dan Cocannouer as coach

Dan Cocannouer was announced Wednesday as the new football coach at Altus.

Cocannouer, who was Capitol Hill’s athletic director from 2018-19 before entering retirement, is back in the town where his coaching career began. Cocannouer took his first teaching and coaching job in 1979 at Southeast Junior High in Altus.

“I’m a competitor, and I want to go out and compete some more,” Cocannouer said. “I’m not ready to just sit around and do nothing.”

Cocannouer was Capitol Hill's coach during the 2018 season. Before that, he had a nine-year stint at Southwestern Oklahoma State, his alma mater. He coached at the high school level for 25 years prior to taking over at SWOSU.  

In eight years at Edmond Santa Fe, Cocannouer compiled a 70-26 record. He led the Wolves to a state runner-up finish and made two state semifinal appearances. Cocannouer is a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Dan Cocannouer is a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. [Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman]

Dan Cocannouer is a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. [Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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