Nowata High School names new head football coach 2 weeks into season

Posted at 6:57 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 21:37:56-04

NOWATA, Okla. - Nowata High school has announced on social media that Jeremy Gray, who was hired as the head football coach in May, will no longer be the coach, effective immediately.

The following is the statement Nowata Public Schools Superintendent Leon Ashlock posted on Facebook:

Ironmen Family,
Due to recent events there will be some immediate changes in our football program going forward. Bob Craig will be taking over the head coaching duties. Mr. Craig is an outstanding person and coach with 38 years of experience in education and coaching. It is difficult to be a new coach anywhere much less when you are put in that position after the second game of the season. I ask that everyone be supportive of our coaching staff as they will be operating short-handed for the rest of the year and most importantly I ask that you be supportive of our players! Regardless of wins and losses this season they show up and work hard every practice and every game night so please support and encourage them.
Thank you
Leon Ashlock
Nowata Public Schools

There was no reason given for Gray's ouster in the post.

Craig will be the fourth head coach for Nowata in three years.

Gray was hired after the resignation of Cory James. Gray coached his first game for Nowata on Aug. 25 against Salina. He had previously been a coach on the Owasso coaching staff for 11 years. He was the Rams' defensive coordinator for four years. 

2 Works for You attempted to reach Nowata Public Schools but could get no answer at the school's phone number.

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