Megan Bloom and Tim Van Etten are the newest head coaches at Muskogee High School.

After approval by the Muskogee Board of Education in its Monday meeting, the two will be in charge of the school's soccer programs as Bloom will coach the girls and Van Etten will direct the boys.

Bloom replaces Curt Denton after Denton took soccer and football coaching jobs at Catoosa. Meanwhile, Van Etten takes over for Ty Pilgrim after Pilgrim left for a job at Hilldale.

Bloom is a former Northeastern State University player and coached at Bristow before coming to Muskogee.

"The women's program at NSU is pretty good," Jim Platter, the assistant athletic director at Muskogee, said. "We're really glad to get her. She comes with high recommendations."

A Cushing native, Bloom was a goalkeeper at Northeastern A&M in Miami and two seasons at NSU. She was a coach at Bristow in 2014-15 before taking the Muskogee job.

"I was interviewing for the instructional facilitator job and I heard about the opening for soccer," she said. "I was excited. I missed coaching a lot.

"I've looked up the past years of the girls program at Muskogee. They have good athletes and I'm excited to meet them and get the season started."

Van Etten arrives in Muskogee after coaching at Saginaw and Castelberry high schools in Texas. His boys and girls teams at Castleberry qualified for the playoffs in 2017 as the boys won District 7-4A in the first season of the program. The girls team finished third in getting to the postseason.

Attempts to reach Van Etten for comment were unsuccessful.

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