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May 24, 2008

NHS football's summer schedule set

• Norman High’s new coach sets

summer agenda

The schedule is set for a new era of Norman High football

New coach Greg Nation will get to see his new team for the first time June 2nd through 4th when the Tigers hold their first camp. It will be a shoulder a helmets camp from 8 a.m. to 11.

That will be the first time Nation will get to see the Tigers in action.

“I want to see what we’re dealing with,” Nation said. “We’re basically calling it our pad camp. I just want to get a good look at our kids, just to see who’s playing where and who needs to be moved around.”

Nation was hired last Monday after the Norman School Board’s regular meeting. He took over for Butch Peters, who resigned after 35 years of teaching and coaching at NHS, the last 12 years as the head coach.

Nation was an assistant coach at Sapulpa the last two years and has one more week before school is out. Before moving to Sapulpa, he was the head coach at Bishop Kelley from 1996 to 2004.

The pad camp will be at the NHS practice field. Nation hopes to at least introduce his offensive and defensive philosophies. Mostly an offensive coach, he wants to run a multiple offensive package — a balanced attack, featuring everything from shotgun sets to power-I formations.

“As much as anything, I want to see the kids,” Nation said. “Plus, I want to see the staff. I’m telling you, these guys have got me excited. I got a chance to visit with them on an individual basis and I think they are eager to learn the new system. They are ready to adjust to a new change.”

As of Saturday, the coaching staff had not changed, with the exception of defensive coordinator Kevin Ball. Ball applied for the head coaching position and resigned his post when Nation was hired Monday.

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