Billy Brown is out as Shawnee High School head football coach.

Billy Brown is out as Shawnee High School head football coach.

Various media reports had indicated that Brown had been removed as the Wolves' head coach as early as Thursday morning.

“I'm at my retirement age and they told me I had until Friday to decide if I wanted to retire or resign,” Brown told the News-Star Thursday. “It was coming out of left field. For about three or four months I had about 50 coaches call me to see if I would retire or resign, knowing that I was at retirement age.”

The Wolves are coming off back-to-back 2-8 seasons, competing in Class 6A-II.

Brown has been the head coach of the Wolves since 2004 and guided the team to 10 playoff appearances, including a semifinal berth in his second year as head coach in 2005.

“My understanding it was from the superintendent (Dr. April Grace) but I haven't talked to her,” Brown said. “The athletic director (Todd Boyer) told me in a short, sweet meeting.”

It has been an up-and-down scenario regarding the success for the Shawnee football program since Brown took over in 2004. The up part holds a slight edge as he has posted a 92-84 record during that span. However, the struggles primarily happened when the Wolves were competing in Class 6A as opposed to the 5A seasons.

“I had a good time here, but the 6A years were rough,” said Brown. “You take out the 6A years and we won about 80 percent of our games.”

Reflecting on his SHS coaching successes, Brown remembers beating traditional state power Carl Albert twice, knocking off nationally sixth-ranked Rogers, Arkansas, defeating top-ranked Guthrie and downing Tulsa Booker T. Washington to advance to the state semifinals in 2005. His most recent thrilling victory came this past season when the Wolves upset third-ranked and previously unbeaten Muskogee.

In the past 34 years, Brown has served as head coach of only two programs – Wewoka and Shawnee – and it is believed that he owns the most victories at each.

“I've had good coaches, good kids and good friends,” Brown said summing up his 34-year head coaching tenure.

As of early Thursday evening, Brown says he had received 136 texts from former players who encouraged and wished him well in his future endeavors.

Boyer had no comment Thursday evening.