Oklahoma high school basketball: Hall of Fame coach Dub Raper dies
Dub Raper, a Hall of Fame Oklahoma high school basketball coach who had stops including Millwood, Carl Albert and Piedmont, died Sunday afternoon due to complications of COVID-19. He was 83.
Raper had been in the hospital since before Christmas.
He is one of the most successful basketball coaches in state history. He coached for 44 seasons, also having stops at Clinton, Davis, Owasso and in Texas before retirement. Raper has nearly 50 former players who followed him in joining the coaching ranks across the state, as well.
One of Dub's son, Roger, is the boys coach at Purcell. His other son, Scott, had coached Centennial, Yukon and recently McGuinness.
Raper was a coach who always was teaching his players life lessons and preparing them for life after high school. It's one of the reasons so many of his former players wanted to impact others as Raper did to them.
Back in 2013, Dub and his wife of 62 years, Jackie, lost their home in the Moore tornado. As news of the tragedy quickly passed, dozens of former players and others did their part to give back to the coach and help the family get back on their feet.
Dub and Jackie could often be seen in a different high school gym during the winter watching one of Dub's former players.
Funeral services are pending.
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