Edison hires former Fort Gibson head coach for football job
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
1/08/13 at 4:33 PM
Edison has tabbed D.J. Howell, who coached linebackers at Broken Arrow this past season, as its new head football coach.
Howell, 38, was head coach at Fort Gibson in 2009-10 and also has experience as an assistant coach at Bixby, Bishop Kelley and Lamesa, Texas.
He coached a total of six years at Bixby, including a stretch from 2004-08 where he was first receivers/defensive backs coach and then defensive coordinator, part of teams that finished runner-up for the 5A state title in 2005 and 2007.
In 2009, Howell took over a program that had won only two games over the two previous years and guided the Tigers to a 7-14 mark over two seasons. The Tigers’ 2010 playoff appearance was their first in five years.
Howell replaces Chris Hall, who stepped down after guiding the Eagles to a 1-9 mark in 2012, their first at the Class 6A level. Hall was also interim head coach for the final seven games of the 2011 season.
“Coach Howell brings a great deal of knowledge and background to the Edison football program,” said Gil Cloud, director of athletics for the Tulsa Public Schools.
“His experience as a head coach will be invaluable as that program moves forward. The Edison administrative team did a good job during the screening process. They have selected a coach who should fit the school’s environment and culture very quickly.”