By BEN JOHNSON
Retirement in Claremore was suiting Larry Callison just fine. That was until he received a call from Sequoyah superintendent Leroy Qualls.
There was a pitch made to Callison about becoming Sequoyah’s new girls basketball coach. That led to Callison taking on slightly more responsibility during his retirement phase.
On Tuesday, Callison was named Sequoyah’s new girls coach, taking over for interim coach Larry Shade.
“I talked to Leroy Qualls about the job, and I didn’t even know about it,” Callison said. “I thought it sounded exciting, and now I’m excited about the challenge.”
Callison, 58, takes over at Sequoyah after having spent his last several seasons coaching the Ketchum boys before his son, Grant Callison, took over. In 28 years of coaching both boys and girls basketball, Larry Callison sports a 743-205 mark.
“We’re excited to have Coach Callison join our coaching staff,” said Sequoyah athletic director Marcus Crittenden said in a statement released by the school. “His credentials are outstanding. He has high expectations for our girls, both on and off the court. We are confident that his style of coaching and depth of experience are a good fit for our team.”
Callison will take over a Sequoyah club that went 20-9 during the 2012-2013 season. The Lady Indians also made it to the Class 3A state tournament before being eliminated by Adair in the first round.
See more in Wednesday's edition of the Tahlequah Daily Press.