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Former Oklahoma high school football coach August Deets dies at 70

Former high school football coach August Deets died of heart failure Friday in Norman. He was 70.

Deets had stints at several Oklahoma high schools, including Newcastle. The Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Famer made 12 playoff appearances with the Racers. He led the program to the Class 3A state title in 1992 and a runner-up finish in 1997.

Deets, who battled severe heart problems after suffering his first heart attack in 1994, also coached at Elgin for three seasons and Apache for seven. With Deets at the helm, Elgin made its first playoff appearances in school history in 1986 and 1987. 

Deets’ final season of coaching was as an assistant at Bridge Creek when former OU star basketball player Ryan Spangler was the quarterback.

“He loved his players so much,” said Deets’ son, David, the director of athletic performance for Tulsa men's basketball. “He was hard on them, but he loved them. … He knew how to get the best out of you.”

The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Newcastle High's football stadium. 

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Former high school football coach August Deets led Newcastle to a state title in 1992. [The Oklahoman archives]

Former high school football coach August Deets led Newcastle to a state title in 1992. [The Oklahoman archives]

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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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