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Randy Matthews takes over as Durant head football coach

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DURANT, OK -- Defensive coordinator Randy Matthews is the new head football coach at Durant High School, the Board of Education would unanimously approve Monday.

"Number one above all things, he's a great man of character, knows the game so well, has had 30 plus years experience coaching the game both on the offensive side, the defensive side of the ball, has done a great job everywhere he's ever been and again, we just feel very fortunate to have him in our district," superintendent Duane Merideth would say.

Matthews graduated from Sherman High School, has coached all over the area, including at Van Alstyne, where he'd lead the Panthers farther than they've ever been, which would be the 2001 state title game.

"It's a great opportunity to realize you're going to be put in a leadership position to work with the coaches that I've already gotten to know and the student athletes and just to be able to lead and try to give a vision to that group of people and try to work that plan," he said.

He'll replace Byron Cordell after he spent nine years at the helm. Matthews says his experience as an assistant last year has him familiar with his newly acquired staff.

"You kind of start getting a picture of that and start putting and you can start sharing that with the other coaches and you can get their ideas and input as well," he added.

They'll have to play three of the four semifinalists from last season's Class 5A playoffs, once again giving them one of the toughest schedules in Oklahoma. But the native Texoman says he's ready to help lead the DHS uprising.

"We've got to try to come up with a plan where we're going to try to be in that state championship game ourselves, but we're going to take that just one day at a time. We're not going to develop that overnight, but we're going to try to get a vision for our program. We're going to get there," he'd conclude.

Matthews will also serve as the associate athletic director.