Two lay coaches have been added to the coaching staff for the McAlester High School Freshmen team, giving it a four-person staff.

One of the volunteer coaches is a former player and MHS graduate, while the other had an outstanding high school career in Texas.

MHS varsity head coach Bryan Pratt talked about the additions to the staff last week. They are Eric Wahweah and Malcolm Williams.

Wahweah is a graduate of MHS who played football, and will be working with the freshmen offensive and defensive lines.

The two lay coaches will join the freshmen team’s head coach, Richard Carney, and assistant coach Theo Murray, to build the staff working with the team up to four.

Williams came from the same South Grand Prairie area Pratt came to McAlester from. While a player there, Williams earned a number of recognitions. He was named the defensive player of the year in Texas’ class 5A, their largest classi?cation. He was also selected for All-America honors by one organization. He has signed with the University of Oklahoma, and is to go there in January, Pratt said, who expects he will play cornerback.

While in high school, Williams also forged close personal ties with Pratt, who considers himself like an adoptive father to Williams.

It is a different atmosphere in McAlester for Williams, coming from a metro area to a more rural one.

“The kids really like him here,” Pratt said of Williams.

Numbers in the freshmen program are good, around 40-45, roughly approximating the number currently out for varsity football in their combined grades.

MHS Freshmen have a 9-game season scheduled, beginning with a Sept. 7 home game with Okmulgee.

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