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Tecumseh Fills Vacant Coaching Positions


Two important Tecumseh coaching positions were filled Tuesday night, one with a famous football name.

Well, sort of.

Patrick Cobb was named assistant Savage football coach for the middle school and high school. Cobb is from the southeastern part of the state, said Assistant Superintendent Robby Kinsey, and has been coaching at Nowata.

He’s not Patrick Cobbs, the THS grad who was a former professional football player for the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints.

Named head baseball coach was Roger Mize. He replaces Jeff Shafer, who resigned that position last month but remains as athletic director. Mize has been the assistant baseball coach under Shafer for several years. He is a full-time maintenance employee of the district, coaching under an extra-duty contract.

Other new hires are Annette Azlin, middle school math; Jennifer Davis, elementary teacher at Cross Timbers; Chad Lawson, maintenance; Jana Phelps, Cross Timbers reading coach; and Lisa Thompson, half-time dean of students at Cross Timbers. The board also accepted the resignation of Kelli Kuhn from the Learning Curve alternative education program.

The board appointed Dylan Hays to the vacant Office 1 seat most recently filled by his father, Keith Hays. Keith Hays resigned last month.

Dylan Hays said in his letter of interest that he is a fourth generation Tecumseh Schools alumnus with a daughter about to begin school at the Early Childhood Center.

“I take great pride in my community as well as the schools in which I was privileged to attend,” he said. “Being a member of the board will allow me the opportunity to give back to the schools that helped shape me into the person I am today, and give me the chance to provide currents and future students the ability to learn and grow in the best possible environment.”

The lengthy school board agenda also included many contract renewals and other new fiscal year actions.


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