Oklahoma high school football: Broken Arrow announces Josh Blankenship as next coach, plus other coaching news
Broken Arrow officially announced Josh Blankenship as its next football coach Friday afternoon.
Blankenship, the son of Owasso head coach Bill Blankenship, had spent the past three seasons at Division-II Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado. Josh, 39, went 8-14 his first two years, and there was no fall season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Josh played quarterback for his father at Tulsa Union and eventually earned a scholarship at Tulsa. He played at Tulsa for three seasons before transferring to Eastern Washington, where where he earned Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors and was named an FCS second-team All-American.
After a short pro career, Blankenship got into coaching and coached under his father at Union and then under current coach Kirk Fridrich, winning state championships with both. Josh was Muskogee's head coach from 2011-13, when he compiled a 8-21 record.
Josh replaces David Alexander, who was fired in November after seven seasons leading the program. Alexander guided the Tigers to a Class 6A-I state championship in 2018. Broken Arrow went 7-4 last season and lost to Union in the quarterfinals.
Watkins named Warner's next head coach
Former Muskogee head coach Rafe Watkins won't have to go far for his next coaching stop.
Watkins was announced as Warner's next head coach Thursday. He spent the past seven seasons at Muskogee, but he and the Roughers parted ways after the 2020 season. Before Watkins went to Muskogee, he was at Guthrie.
Warner is about 20 minutes south of Muskogee on Highway 64. The Class A program is coming off a 7-5 season where it made its first playoff appearance since 2012.
Watkins replaces Chuck Capps, who spent two seasons at the school.
Muskogee to promote Travis Hill
Although it's not official until a school board meeting later this month, Muskogee is set to promote Travis Hill to head coach, multiple sources have confirmed to The Oklahoman.
Hill spent last season as an associate head coach under Watkins. In 2015-16, he was the Roughers' defensive coordinator. He also spent three years on Broken Arrow's staff as defensive coordinator, including the 2018 state championship team.
Hill was Tulsa East Central’s head coach from 1998-2011 and led the Cardinals to a 138-34 record, including winning the Class 5A state title in 2005.
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