High School Football: Potts named new Roland head football coach
Roland High football assistant coach Waymon Potts was named the Rangers’ new head coach last week.
Potts, who is beginning his third season at Roland, replaces Jeff Streun, who recently joined the staff of former Roland assistant Randon Lowe at Sallisaw. Streun, who was 75-66 in his 13 seasons at Roland and led the Rangers to eight playoff appearances and two trips to the Class 3A quarterfinals, will be the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, strength and conditioning coach and assistant athletic director at Sallisaw.
Potts, who was previously a head coach at Westville, Wetumka and Maysville, is excited about his new job.
“It’s an exciting new challenge for me,” Potts said. “It’s been a few years since I’ve been a head coach and I look forward to the opportunity of leading the Rangers this year. I’m excited about it, that’s for sure.
“Coach Streun’s a great coach and he built up the program. That’s why I came to Roland, Oklahoma, because of Jeff Streun, and I sure hated to see him go. I’ve been here two years and it was a loss to lose Coach Streun to Sallisaw but it was a great opportunity for him.”
Potts was hired as the safeties’ coach in 2016 and also assisted with the offensive line the past two seasons.
Potts said the Rangers would run the flex bone on offense and a four-man front on defense in the 2018 season.
“Offensively we transitioned this spring to the flex bone and we’re going to continue that because we feel that is a good fit with the kids that we have,” said Potts. “The last three or four years have been very successful running the throwing game, the Air Raid, and we feel that this fits our kids much better offensively.
“We’re going to run a four-man front (on defense) this year and we’re going to be pretty simple in the back-end. We don’t have a lot of depth. We’ve got some youth there with a lack of experience so we’re going to be pretty simple there. Coach (Richie) Pratt will remain the defensive coordinator.
“Our coaching staff is going to pretty much remain intact. I work with a great group of men who are great football coaches.”
After high school Potts played football at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond before starting his coaching career at Tecumseh.
“I graduated from Porum High School and played football at Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond,” remarked Potts. “My first position was at Tecumseh, and later I was defensive coordinator at Hugo for two years. My first head football job was at Westville and I’ve also had two other stints as a head coach, at Wetumka and Maysville. My last stop (before going to Roland) was at Maysville.
“When I was at Westville we played Roland and when I was at Hugo we played Roland and I know Coach Streun mentioned me a couple of times in the newspaper years ago. We’ve known each for a long time.”
Summer Pride and Team Camp
Roland’s Summer Pride (Ranger Commitment) will be June 11 and will be held on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, Potts said.
The first session for high school football players will start 6 a.m. and the second session for junior high players will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Roland’s high school players will attend a team camp at Cedarville, Ark. on July 11.
Potts will use Facebook and Twitter to allow parents, players and fans to keep up with the Rangers’ football activities.
“I encourage people to join us on Facebook and Twitter,” said Potts. “I started a Twitter account (football_ranger) for Roland football so parents and kids can follow us. Maybe we will have an Instagram account too. I’m in my late 40s and I’ve got to find new ways to contact people.”