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Oklahoma high school football: Brooks Stephenson looking to make an impact at Oklahoma Christian School

EDMOND — When Brooks Stephenson began college at Oklahoma Christian University, he was sure he did not want to coach or teach. 

But after switching his major multiple times exploring the pre-med and ministry career paths, Stephenson said he eventually felt a “tug” that led him to the profession.

“Sure enough, God has his own way of telling me, ‘No, that’s in fact exactly what I’m calling you for,’” Stephenson said. “What really wore me down was the continual call to impact young people the way that I've been impacted.”

With the drive to continue impacting players’ lives, Stephenson reached out to the Oklahoma Christian Schools' athletic director Brandon Weaver after learning the head football coaching position had opened with the departure of 12-year coach Derek Turner

In January, Weaver announced that Stephenson would be the new coach. For Stephenson, the hiring at OCS came full circle for him.

His coaching career began by helping the OCS baseball program while he was in college. After graduating in 2016, he was hired as a teacher and assistant high school football and head middle school coach. 

“To have the ability to bless other kids, especially in a school as great as OCS is such a privilege,” Stephenson said. “I’m glad that God kept fighting me on that because there’s no place I’d rather be for sure.”

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›