Keys has been playing football under the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association umbrella for 12 seasons. The Cougars have known only one head coach during that time period.
That will change once the 2014 season starts.
After 16 years as Keys’ head football coach — and 12 years as Keys’ coach while playing OSSAA football — Gary Willis announced he is resigning from his post.
“It’s the best decision for my family and me to make this decision now,” Willis said. “I’ve been there 16 years and my wife and I have made it our lives. We enjoyed the fire out of it. For the most part, it’s been great.”
Willis, 43, steps down after the Cougars went 1-9 during the 2013 season. It was only the second time that Willis missed the playoffs during his tenure.
“I wish Gary the best,” Keys athletic director Leon Ashlock said. “He is a great guy and he has been an outstanding leader and role model for our student athletes.”
See Wednesday's Tahlequah Daily Press for more.