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July 27, 2013

Tim Thomas joins Buffs coaching staff

McALESTER — When the 2013-14 wrestling season begins, for the second consecutive year the McAlester Buffaloes will have a first-year head coach. But what Tim Thomas may lack in head-coaching experience, he more than makes up for in energy.

“I’m extremely excited,” Thomas said Friday.

“We’re going to get out there; we’re going to work hard; we’re going to play hard and we’re going to have some fun.”

Thomas, 30, comes to McAlester with seven years of coaching experience as an assistant, plus a wrestling background from his high-school days at Moore. He was at Carl Albert Public Schools in Midwest City for three years, Comanche Public Schools for three years and then Noble Public Schools last year.

“I’ve been preparing to be a head coach,” Thomas said. “I went to Noble to learn from coach (Jayson) Bailey and start looking for a head coach job. This job came open and I talked to (athletic director) Bill Holt, and I enjoyed him and came up here.

“We’re going to be successful. I’ve learned a lot and I’m ready to apply that.”

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