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May 11, 2012

Baseball, soccer coaches out at Muskogee

Muskogee is back in the market for a baseball coach as well as one soccer position.

Doug Gunselman submitted his resignation on Thursday, ending a three-year tenure with Rougher baseball. He just finished a 12-20 record after going 11-14 and 2-19 in his two previous years.

Gunselman met with athletic director Bobby Jefferson on Tuesday and informed his players. He then tended a resignation today.

Officially it goes as a resignation. When asked if it was a dismissal or pressure to resign, Jefferson said “Not necessarily.”

Gunselman didn’t want to comment publicly, instead offered for public consumption a written statement.

“I feel that I am leaving the program better than I received it three years ago when one of the best graduating classes left, and a once in a lifetime pitcher moved to Broken Arrow,” the statement said. He thanked the district for his program’s financial banking and noted the difficulty of a small 6A program competing against four teams (Broken Arrow, Owasso, Stillwater and Bishop Kelley), that won a minimum of 22 games.

“Although I am not leaving a legacy at Muskogee High School of a great winning percentage or championships, I have comfort in knowing I was a good Christian example for them, and that I have helped my guys grow as young men on the field, in the classroom, and in life.  At the end of the day, that is what is most important.”

Gunselman said he would, for the time, being, retain his teaching position but was exploring other opportunities.

Devon Murray was soccer coach for one season after Todd Friend left for Fort Gibson, leaving behind a program that had a series of conduct issues during this past season. The Roughers ended the year in a brawl against Choctaw that officials halted with 13:22 to play, up 2-1. They were 7-5 on the season.

“I have no comment,” Murray said.

Both jobs have been posted, Jefferson said.

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