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April 11, 2012

Southmoore goes in-house for new grid coach; not the Lions

MOORE — It has finally come to an end. After months of searching, the Moore Board of Education has identified the men to take over the football programs at two of the district’s high schools.

Southmoore didn’t have to look too far. As expected, the search committee landed on offensive coordinator Jeff Brickman to become the SaberCats new head coach. He takes over for Chris Jensen, who departed to become the head coach at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

“I am looking forward to it,” Brickman said. “Been here since 2008. Was part of the staff that kind of got the ball rolling. I have some ideas of my own, but for the most part we will keep doing what we do best.”

There were many who thought Brickman would join Jensen at OBU, but his players are glad he decided to stay.

“As a team we believe in Coach Brick, and his ability to lead us to be a championship caliber team,” Southmoore junior Jackson Stallings said. “He is a perfectionist, so he expects us to be the best in everything we do.

“I feel like that expectation will breed success out of our program in every aspect of the game.”

Moore went south to find its new skipper. Todd Watters has been tabbed to replace Scott Myers, who left to take over the program at Chandler, his alma mater.

Watters was the offensive coordinator at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. Berkner finished the 2011 season with a 7-4 record before losing in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Watters has head coaching experience in Oklahoma, yet in nothing approaching Class 6A. He has run the programs in Hartshorne, Medill and Texhoma.

Brickman has been with Southmoore since it opened its doors five years ago. He’s a 1995 graduate of Moore and attended the University of Central Oklahoma.

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