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Oklahoma high school football: Derrick Adams eager to lead Douglass in first season as coach

Derrick Adams got a glimpse of the Douglass football program in 2011.

The Trojans were playing Adams’ alma mater, DeSoto (Texas), in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington.

Although DeSoto -- which was more than five times the size of Douglass at the time -- won 63-0, Adams was impressed with the Trojans as he watched from the stands. 

“I was in awe of the Douglass program,” Adams said.

“Even though the score was one-sided, I saw this was a good Oklahoma program. Very historic tradition. A very good alumni base. And I always put that in the back of my mind. If this job were ever open, I would do all I can to get an interview, and I would accept in a heartbeat.”

That’s essentially what happened after Douglass’ head coaching position opened in the winter.

In June, Oklahoma City Public Schools announced Adams had been hired to take over the Class 3A program, which has won one game in the past two seasons.

The hiring marked Adams’ first head coaching job after serving as an assistant at several Texas schools over 13 years.

One of Adams’ stints was in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Princeton in 2013.

He coached Princeton’s defensive linemen alongside former OU head coach John Blake, who had a son on the team. 

Blake, who died at age 59 last month, was a valuable mentor for Adams.

“I feel like I got my Ph.D. in defensive-line play,” Adams said.

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Derrick Adams is entering his first season as Douglass' football coach. [Photo provided]

Derrick Adams is entering his first season as Douglass' football coach. [Photo provided]

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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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