ENID — His secret as a defensive coordinator “was learning all I could’’ about the opposing offense.
“You have to do your homework,’’ Coleman said. “You have to know what the other team is going to do and do your best to stop it. If you can stop what they’re good at and make them do something that’s not their cup of tea, that’s going to help you win.’’
Mental toughness was another key to Watonga’s success while he was there. The name Watonga could help get the Eagles by in years where there wasn’t a superstar.
“There were years we didn’t have as much talent as other teams,’’ Coleman said, “but with hard work, the kids’ confidence and belief in themselves, we won some games we shouldn’t have had. They expected to win.’’
Coleman led Watonga to the boys state track championship in 2011. That would be his last.
He thought he would retire at Watonga, but he would be leaving the school after that championship.
“Things just didn’t work out,’’ Coleman said. “I would rather not go into that too much. I guess they just wanted to go into a different direction.’’
Coleman landed at Chisholm as a volunteer coach in the spring of 2012 and was hired on a part-time basis in 2012-13.
It was a natural for him. He graduated from Chisholm in 1975 and still holds the school records in the 800 and 1,600 meters.
“The Hall of Fame is an honor that he deserves,’’ said Longhorns assistant football and boys track coach Mike Carnes. “It’s been an honor to work with him. He’s a source of so much information. I’ve learned a lot from him.’’
“It’s been fun to come back to Chisholm,’’ Coleman said. “I always thought this could be a good place to be if things could be worked out.’’