It's been a busy week for Shawnee's new head football coach Jason Sexton
It's been an unusual and extremely busy seven or so days for Jason Sexton, who was officially announced as the new Shawnee High School head football coach last week.
Besides navigating the waters through a tough time in the world with COVID-19, Sexton is going through the process of finalizing his coaching staff, working through budget concerns and setting up travel for the 2020 season this fall.
But that hasn't seemed to overwhelm him.
“I'm extremely excited. I'm excited about being a part of the Shawnee community,” said Sexton. “Now its a matter of trying to tie up loose ends.”
Most of his time has been limited to meeting people through FaceTime, Zoom and his iPhone.
“Everyone I have dealt with have been great and a lot of the players and their parents have reached out to me,” Sexton said. “There's excitement in starting to build the program.”
As for the coaching staff, Sexton says there will be some coaches retained from last year's staff and they'll be some new faces brought in as well.
Sexton comes to Shawnee from Muskogee High School where he spent three years as the Roughers' defensive coordinator as well as the head powerlifting coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. Sexton obviously knows how to build a lifting program. In his second season at Muskogee, the Roughers crowned one individual champion and the team finished third at the state meet. Muskogee was unable to compete at state this year due to the pandemic.
“For three years, they bought into what we were doing,” said Sexton.
Sexton stresses the importance of powerlifting for a couple of reasons.
“This not only helps them develop as a player, but it helps with the eye test for college recruiters,” said Sexton.
Sexton has done his share of helping athletes get to the next level. He estimates that he has helped 160 student-athletes achieve college scholarship offers, including running back Timothy Flanders, who played at Sam Houston State, was signed by the Cleveland Browns and is now playing with Ottawa in the Canadian Football League; safety Will Sunderland, who played at the University of Oklahoma and is now with the Green Bay Packers; Evan Fields, now at Arizona State University and current Sooner Jalon Redman.
All four of these played during Sexton's 14-year stint at Midwest City High School where he wore many hats – defensive coordinator, head powerlifting coach, strength and conditioning coordinator, special teams coordinator and recruiting liaison.
While at Midwest City, the Bombers won six state powerlifting championships.
Sexton's goal is to see the Shawnee Wolves develop on and off the field.
“We just want the guys to develop as students, players and young men,” Sexton said.
Sexton was able to get a glimpse of Shawnee's ability after the Wolves upset the previously-unbeaten Roughers during the 2019 season. It was one of only two wins on the season for Shawnee and one of only two losses during the regular season for Muskogee.
“I saw a bunch of talented, athletic kids. They played with a lot of passion, they executed better on that night and got a big win,” said Sexton about Shawnee.
As for how the Wolves will attack during the 2020 season is not known. Much will depend on the personnel, according to Sexton.
“Each week might call for a different scheme,” Sexton said. “Defensively, we might be in a 4-2-5, 3-4 jack or a five-man eagle. Offensively, we will play to our strengths and we want to put in a system that will open up success for our players.”
Sexton is single, but his four brothers live in the Midwest City, Moore and Norman areas while his parents currently reside in Midwest City.
He considers the players he has coached as his children.
“I have a thousand sons I have coached over the years,” said Sexton.
Notes: Sexton played and graduated from Carl Albert High School, played for head coach Bob Simmons at Oklahoma State for two seasons and spent two years as a player at Southern Nazarene University...For three years, he was a defensive backs and strength coach at SNU before serving the 14-year stint at Midwest City High School and then it was on to Muskogee.