Muskogee Roughers

Muskogee Public Schools announced personnel changes within the athletic department for the 2019-2020 school year on Thursday. 

Athletic director Garrett Davis will be reassigned to an administrative role for the upcoming school year, which will be determined at a later date. Davis will continue to serve as athletic director through the remainder of the school year. 

In his time as athletic director, Muskogee has seen over 600 student-athletes named Frontier Valley Conference All-Academic. Davis came to Muskogee from Eufaula, where he was an administrator.

“Garrett has done a nice job in his five years as athletic director at Muskogee,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, Superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools, in a release. “Through conversations with Mr. Davis he has professional goals outside of athletics and moving out of the role of athletic director will help him accomplish those while still benefiting the district.”

Davis did not return a phone message.

Shonika Breedlove has stepped down as the head girls basketball coach of Muskogee High School. Breedlove will remain within the district in a teaching capacity.

An alumna of Muskogee High School, she most recently completed her third season leading the girls basketball team after serving as an assistant from 2008-2016.  The Lady Roughers struggled coming off a three-year state tournament run, which she was a part on Doyle Rowland’s staff before Rowland retired in 2016.

Breedlove had not yet told her team and was planning on doing that Friday before commenting.  

“There were some standards that needed to be upheld and I get that,” she said. But when it came down to deciding what to do, my family was my main reason. I’m in sandwich generation where you know, having to take care of my mom and my daughter as a single mom, it is a bit much.”

Prior to returning to Muskogee, Breedlove was the head coach at Boynton-Moton from 2002-2008. 

“Shonika is a Rougher through and through. I am appreciative of her time spent leading our program and always doing so in a first-class manner,” explained  Mendenhall in the statement. “I look forward to her continuing to have a positive impact on our students as she continues to serve the district as an educator.”

Wrestling head coach Rafael Maturino has been informed that he will not be returning as head coach for the wrestling program. Maturino just completed his second season as head coach of the Roughers with three state qualifiers and one state alternate.  

“We’ve got a good young group coming that I wish I could guide through,but I’ll land somewhere and a lot of my focus right now needs to be on family,” Maturino said.

“We appreciate Mr. Maturino for his time leading the Rougher wrestling program and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Mendenhall, again in the statement. 

Mendenhall said the first priority will be hiring the athletic director, who will then hire head coaches for the two vacancies.

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