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June 15, 2014

Former Tahlequah coach to Keys

PARK HILL – Tuffy Thornton is returning to Oklahoma to coach football.

The former Tahlequah High School coach will be the new coach for Keys High School, replacing Gary Willis, who resigned in late May. Willis, who was Keys’ coach for 16 seasons, complied a record of 77-57 during his final 12 years, which were spent playing under the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association umbrella after Keys transitioned from Organization of Rural Elementary Schools (ORES) football.

Thornton returns after being a part of the Greenwood (Ark.) football program. While in western Arkansas, Thornton was the junior high school football coach for two seasons. He dropped those duties and helped coach Greenwood’s offensive line, a unit that was key in Greenwood’s ability to claim three straight state championships.

Prior to his stint in Arkansas, Thornton was the coach at both Tahlequah and Sapulpa. While with the Tigers, Thornton went 8-32 in four seasons.

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