Muskogee Public Schools announced Wednesday the recommendation to hire four head coaches within the athletic department pending Board approval.
“We are always excited to attract high caliber individuals to our programs. These coaches all have demonstrated success as head coaches within their respective sports,” said athletic director Jason Parker.
“We wholeheartedly believe Muskogee students, parents and fans will notice a new energy throughout the entire athletic department due to the fusion of new and existing staff members.”
To be recommended at the regular board of education meeting on June 18 is the hiring of Lynwood Wade as head boys basketball coach, Jeremy Ford as head girls basketball coach, Michael Harris as head wrestling coach, and Craig Perry as head boys track and field coach
“I believe the vision of the school board, superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, and the Muskogee community is so exciting that it makes this a very attractive place to be. It is extremely exciting to have this level of support from stakeholders,” explained Parker.
The meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Education Service Center at Harris Jobe.
Lynwood Wade, boys basketball
Wade will be recommended to take the reins of the boys basketball program after six years as head boys basketball coach at East Central High School in Tulsa. He guided the Cardinals to a regional championship in 2014, 2015, and 2016. His 2016 squad claimed an area consolation championship and state tournament appearance at East Central.
A 1990 graduate of Muskogee High School, Wade earned All-State honors as a senior while helping the Roughers to a state tournament appearance. In 2016, he was inducted into the Muskogee High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
He began his coaching career at Boynton-Moton High School as head boys basketball coach for three seasons until the school closed in 2011. He then joined Tulsa Rogers as a varsity assistant before joining East Central in 2012.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Jeremy Ford, girls basketball
Ford joins the Roughers from Cascia Hall Preparatory School where he served as head girls basketball coach and assistant athletic director for the 2018-19 school year. He led the Commandos to a 14-win season on the way to a district championship and area tournament appearance with two first team all-conference selections.
Prior to joining Cascia Hall, Ford served Monte Cassino Schools in Tulsa as the athletic director for three years and head basketball coach for five years.
He has experience as a NCAA Division II and JUCO assistant coach. Ford began his coaching career at Tulsa Edison High School as an assistant coach.
Ford earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Midwestern State University and a Master of Education from East Central University in Ada.
Michael Harris, wrestling
A native Oklahoman, Harris wrestled at Oklahoma State University under head coach Joe Seay before he earned a degree in Landscape Architecture.
Upon graduation, Harris entered private industry while helping with club wrestling programs in Texas and coaching for Team Texas National team.
In 2009, he was named head wrestling coach at The Woodlands High School coaching multiple state champions, national free-style greco All-Americans and a top ten ranked team in Texas.
He spent the 2018-19 school year assisting Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa and local club wrestling programs.
Craig Perry, boys track
Perry will join Muskogee from Coffeyville Community College. In 12 years as head cross country and track coach, Perry was recognized 12 times as the Region VI Coach of the Year, was 2012 NJCAA Outdoor Track Head Coach of the Year, 2013 Region VI Indoor Women’s Coach of the Year, and 2013 Men’s Coach of the Indoor Region VI Championship Meet.
Coffeyville saw incredible success under the leadership of Perry with 415 All-American honorees, 23 individual national championship athletes, four eventual professional athletes including an Olympic medalist, five regional team championships, and four finishes in the top three at NJCAA national championships.
Under his guidance, students had success in the classroom maintaining one of the highest graduation rates in the KJCCC while also successfully transferring to future academic and athletic success at four-year colleges and universities.
Perry earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and is a CCC alum having competed in track and cross country for the Red Ravens.