Scott Harmon is stepping down as Hominy’s head football coach after 10 seasons to focus on administrative duties after leading the Bucks to the Class A state football championship in 2016.
“We had such a great year, it feels like the right time to do it,” Harmon said.
Harmon, who led the Bucks to a 14-0 record and was the Tulsa World’s state football coach of the year, became Hominy’s high school principal this school year, adding to his duties as middle school principal.
“It’s hard to do it all and do it all well,” Harmon said.
Harmon’s successor as head coach is Caleb Christian, who was hired during a school board meeting Monday night. Christian, 26, was Hominy’s offensive coordinator in 2016 after previously being an assistant at Skiatook and Mannford.
“He reminds me a lot of myself,” Harmon said. “We’re extremely fortunate to have him. He’s one of the best young coaches in Oklahoma.”
Christian, a Hominy and Central Oklahoma graduate, broke Harmon’s Bucks single-season interception record.
“This is a dream job,” Christian said. “I lucked into it. It’s a great job and a great place. Hominy is so tradition rich and loves football. I’m very blessed.”
Harmon, 46, plans to remain connected with the Bucks’ program as a consultant. Harmon’s son, Grant, will be a seventh-grader in the middle-school program next fall.
“I’m trying to follow my dad’s example,” Harmon said. “He was a head coach at Ponca City, but then took a step back and became an assistant at Hominy when I was in high school and it worked out well. Hopefully I can still be an asset in football. I can’t go cold turkey on football.”
Harmon, in 15 seasons overall as a head coach, has a 127-57 record, including 27-11 in the playoffs. He also won a Class A state title in 2004 at Pawnee and was a 2A state runner-up there in 2002. Harmon also had head-coaching stints at Central and McAlester.
Harmon, who played in the 1990 All-State Game before playing four seasons at Oklahoma State, is the son of Ron Harmon, who won a state title at Hominy in 1973 and is an Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame member.