Muskogee, Head Football Coach Rafe Watkins Mutually Agree to Separation
MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Muskogee Public Schools announced Tuesday that head football coach Rafe Watkins has mutually agreed to resign from his position leading the program to pursue other interests.
Watkins saw success in his tenure leading the Roughers highlighted by a 9-2 record in 2016 that saw Muskogee reach the State Semifinals. His teams reached the OSSAA Class 6A Division II state tournament the last five seasons. In seven seasons under Watkins guidance the Roughers have compiled a win-loss record of 35-36.
“I have appreciated the opportunity at Muskogee. I had visions of winning a state title here and although we didn’t get where I wanted in that regard it has been a good seven years,” said Watkins. “It is a good time for this mutual separation and for a new start. For me to do something new and for Muskogee to bring in a new coach to open a new stadium.”
Watkins was named head coach of Muskogee in February 2014. Prior to joining Muskogee, Watkins was a four-time state champion head coach at Guthrie, a position he held from 2001 to 2014. In 13 years at the helm, the Bluejays totaled four Class 5A State Championships and 133 victories. His storied coaching career includes stints at Chisholm, Guymon, and Alva. As a head coach, Watkins has a win-loss record of 182-84.
“Muskogee Public Schools is thankful to Rafe for his hard work and dedication to Rougher Football,” said Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. “After meeting following the conclusion of the season, we mutually agreed that a fresh start for our football program would be best. I wish Rafe the best of luck in the next season of life for him and his wife Karen. They are terrific people and I truly do appreciate the work that they have done in our community and our school system in the last seven years.”
Muskogee Public Schools will conduct an extensive search to find the program’s next head coach which will begin immediately. Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Travis Hill will serve as the interim head coach until a permanent replacement is named.