Most of Oklahoma was stunned by the sudden news of Steve Spavital’s resignation as head football coach at Broken Arrow. The news came down in a press release from BA on Monday evening. Spavital just finished up his 4th year as Tiger head coach with a 30-18 loss to Union in the 6A semifinals last week. The Tiger head coach has decided that he wants to focus on family and getting his health issues in check. Spavital had them following to say in the press release.
“During the last few years, I’ve been battling several health issues that make coaching a challenge. I am a competitor, and it’s frustrating to have my coaching performance limited by issues beyond my control. The players deserve a head coach who can give them 100 percent and I have reached a point where I just can’t do that for them anymore.”
Spavital was 39-12 in his 4 seasons as Tiger head coach. Spav also led the Tigers to their first title game since 2002. He spent 3 years as an assistant under Ron Lancaster as the “coach in waiting”. Before that, Spavital was a long tenured assistant on the Bill Blankenship Union teams of the 90’s and 2000’s. In a text message conversation I asked Spav about the upcoming coaching search, his response, “We are going to open it up.” When asked if he would be part of the search process, “No, I don’t want to add pressure on anyone, just want to be supportive.” Athletic Director Ken Ellett said that he hopes to name a new coach by February.