After guiding Hominy to the 2016 Class A state football championship, Scott Harmon will be a head coach at the 6A level for the first time.
Ponca City has hired the former Hominy football and basketball standout, the school announced Thursday. Harmon replaces Josh Allen, who resigned after six years with the Wildcats.
“They passed a bond issue and they’ve put a bunch of money into facilities and made it a more appealing job,” Harmon said. “It was a tough decision to leave Hominy, but I feel like this is the right time.”
Harmon went 82-43 in 10 seasons at the Hominy helm. His 2016 team went 14-0, outscoring opponents 709-79, and he was named state football coach of the year by the Tulsa World.
He resigned following the championship season and spent 2017 as Hominy’s high school principal while assisting the Bucks’ new football coach, Caleb Christian.
Ponca City administrators received 36 applications, even though the Wildcats went 1-9 at the 6A Division II level in 2017 and haven’t had a winning season since 2005.
“It’s a deal where you take on the responsibility of changing the culture,” Harmon said. “We have a lot of work to do, but I feel like the administration’s behind us and I feel like we can compete in 6AII. I can’t wait to jump in there and go to work.”
Harmon knows the community well. His first coaching job was as a Ponca City assistant under Rusty Benson in 1999. He also lived in Ponca City as a seventh- and eighth-grader when his father, the late Ron Harmon, coached the Wildcats in 1984-85.
“Coach Harmon has had tremendous success and is a winner,” Ponca City athletic director Jared Freeman said. “We’re thrilled with the things he brings to the table — his toughness and a resume that speaks for itself.”
A 1989 Tulsa World All-State defensive back, Harmon was also a standout at Oklahoma State University. He led the Big Eight Conference with eight interceptions in 1991, was a two-year team captain in 1992-93 and a second-team all-league selection 1992.
Harmon guided Hominy to semifinal finishes in 2007 and 2015 and coached Pawnee to a Class A state title in 2004 and 2A runner-up finishes in 2002. His overall record as a head coach is 127-59, with additional stops at Central and McAlester.