McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 7, 2014

Buffs’ Pratt withdraws from Muskogee search

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — McAlester head football coach Bryan Pratt has withdrawn from the search for a new head football coach at Muskogee High School. Pratt announced his withdrawal in a phone conversation Friday, as did a Muskogee Phoenix article by Sports Editor Mike Kays on Friday.

Muskogee Public Schools couldn’t be reached for comment.

Pratt cited a number of reasons for withdrawing from the job search, most of which were family-related. Moving to Muskogee, he said, would force his 14-year-old daughter Bailye Pratt to start high school in a new a city and would take Coach Pratt an hour farther away from both his parents and Durant, where his son Caden Pratt will play football next year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Though Coach Pratt couldn’t guarantee he’ll continue coaching at McAlester next year, as of Friday morning he said he plans to be here for the 2014 football season.

Coach Pratt led the 2013 Buffs to a 12-2 record, a district title and a trip to the Class 5A state championship game, McAlester’s first since 1996. He was named District 5A-3 Co-Coach of the Year by his fellow district coaches and Region 6 Coach of the Year by the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

Coach Pratt will coach the OCA All-State East Team on Aug. 1 in Tulsa. The All-State Game will be his last time coach his son Caden and fellow Buffs senior Jarome Smith, both of who were named to the All-State Game in January.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.