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May 1, 2014

Gaylor wants Jags to be most the physical team on the field

NORMAN — When the Westmoore football players came off the field for the final time in the 2013 season, they had a sense of optimism about them. Even though they had just been eliminated by Jenks in the semifinals of the 6A state playoffs, almost every Jaguar talked about how far the program had come and the high expectations they had for it in the future.

However, at that time, they had no idea that the man who had led them back to near the top would be gone a couple of months later when head coach Billy Langford stepped down.

For the second straight time, the Moore school board went outside its ranks and district to hire a new skipper. Former Broken Arrow defensive coordinator Adam Gaylor has been tabbed to keep the Jaguars among the state’s elite.

“If you want to be a high school football coach, you want to coach at the highest level,” Gaylor said. “You want to compete against the best people. To get a job in the upper division of 6A-1 is going to give you that opportunity. And this was one of them. It’s not just some 6A-1 job, it’s an elite 6A program. That’s due to the people who came before me. Coach (Mike) Whaley and coach Langford. And the people who’ve made the program into what it is.”

Before accepting the Westmoore job in March, Gaylor had been on the Tigers’ staff the past seven seasons. That includes six as the defensive coordinator.

While Gaylor has had other opportunities to move into the head coaching chair, he said they weren’t right for him.

“The last few years, I’ve had thoughts about being a head coach and wanting to make the jump, so to speak,” Gaylor said. “I’ve looked into a couple of other jobs. Things were right as far as personally, just the timing wasn’t right with some of the other situations. The time was good for me personally and professionally this time.”

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