Claremore real estate agent Edd McGeehee, a former Claremore assistant football coach, has presented the Claremore and Claremore Sequoyah football programs a new piece of exercise-fitness testing equipment for sports participants.
Called “The Tug,” the device appears at first to be a huge water bottle with handles on opposite sides.
"Coaches are always seeking new and safer methods of practice for their players, and this appears to one," McGeehee says.
Made of tough plastic, The Tug will weigh approximately 185 pounds when filled with water. Used with or without water, the 3-foot apparatus is used for conditioning purposes. It can be used for one-on-one and team competition.
Copyrighted this year by Competitive Action Sports, it is already being endorsed by players and coaches in all levels of football, McGeehee said. Teams using it, he said, include Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Colorado and Baylor in the Big 12 Conference, plus Syracuse and UCLA. The Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans are among the National Football League members which have it.
McGeehee was introduced to The Tug recently by friend and former University of Oklahoma football teammate Steve Zabel. McGeehee and Zabel played for coach Chuck Fairbanks.
After starring for the Sooners, Zabel went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL.
"Steve called and invited me to join him at the recent All-State coaches clinic in Tulsa," McGeehee said. "He had a booth and was displaying his product's uses. We did a lot of reminiscing and story-telling and before we were finished I decided to purchase three of them."
In addition to the two local schools getting The Tug, McGeehee delivered one to Morrison High School. His son, Scott, is a first-year coach there.
McGeehee retired from coaching in 1993. He started his career at Owasso and then moved to Broken Arrow before coming to Claremore with head coach Benny Ballard. McGeehee was with the Zebras six years before leaving for Catoosa where he served in the superintendent's office.
Football still plays a major part in McGeehee's life.
"I still have a big interest in high school sports," he said. "At last count, I have 59 kids (former players) in the coaching ranks. I keep up with them."
Edd and his wife Peggy also have a daughter, Julie, who works in the OU athletic department.