Between them they have more than seventy years of experience in coaching high school football in Oklahoma. Both know success in their careers, coached players to the all state and college level and have seen the face of football change drastically over the years.

However, Bill Scott and Phil Angieri have taken different paths in their career.

Now their both on the staff at Sequoyah High School trying to make the Indians successful in 2006.

"I wanted to coach because we don't just coach kids to be successful on the football field but to be successful in life as well," Scott said.

A three sport athlete at Stilwell High School, Scott went on to be an All-American defensive end at Northeastern State, while Angieri graduated from Nathan Hale High School and played linebacker on the same Redmen team.

"I played for Larry Miller in high school and decided I wanted to be like him. I stayed in it because of the brotherhood that exists between coaches. It's like a fraternity between the fellow coaches," Angieri added.

Scott started his coaching career in 1966 in Westville and moved on two years later to Muldrow. He became an assistant coach at Bristow two years after that, being promoted to head coach three years later. He spent 22 years as head coach at Bristow winning 218 games, three state championships and two state runner up finishes.

He took over his high school alma mater at Stilwell in 1995 before retiring in 1998. Now he a returned to the field for another stint, this time under his son SHS head coach Brent Scott. The elder Scott has also seen 36 of his former players become coaches and sent 100 more to play at the college level (35 Division I and 65 to Division II or smaller).

Angieri path was quite different. He started his coaching career at Bishop Kelley before moving to Broken Arrow as defensive coordinator. BA was a long stop over for the coach. He spent 22 years as head coach of the Tigers making the playoff 17 years in a row. Twice his teams played in the state semi finals. Finally, he moved on to Catoosa where the Indians made the playoffs in two of them. He then retired and became principal at the Tulsa County Jail school and was a riot commander in the department of corrections.

Both coaches returned to help the younger Scott in his first coaching job. They have replaced the trappings of retirement with whistles and coach titles.

"My son need an offensive line coach and I came out of retirement to help him. That is why I am here to help my son become a good head coach," Scott said.

"My main reason is to help Brent and Sequoyah be successful. I want to see him be successful and his teams make the playoffs. It is not for Bill or I to find some last glory. We have had our heyday it time for Brent and the other great young coaches on this staff to be successful. There are some really good young coaches on this staff," Angieri said.

But both, having seen high school football and coaching change over the years, have taken on the new roles as a challenge.

“Coaching is tough deal these days. When I first started parents would bring me their sons, ask me to make a man out them and back you up on every decision. Now the kids from homes have drug or alcohol problems or their is just one parent in the family, usually a mom. When I first started the one parent family was one out of every ten. Now coaches have to be father figures more than ever,” Scott added.

"Kids haven't changed much parents have. Kids have always wanted to be disciplined. Parents in a lot situations don't discipline their kids."

Angieri shared Scott’s thoughts saying, "When I first started coaching if a kids got in trouble at school then they were in trouble when they got home. It is not that way anymore. Parents don't want their kids to disciplined if you ever see the parents at all.”

The other thing that has changed so much for the two coaches is how the kids prepare and come to the game.

"These days kids are just better athletes. They workout more, have better equipment to workout on and are just better prepared," Angieri said.

Both agree that Sequoyah has been one the best experiences for them.

"I am working with great coaches and the administration is one of the best I have dealt with. The kids are also great to work with here. I have enjoyed it so much. This maybe my last season, maybe not," Scott added.

"I have enjoyed coaching here more than probably anywhere I have been. The coaches, staff, administration, kids and community has been great," Angieri added.

Both don't know how long they will serve as lay coaches for the Indians but if this truly their swan song this time both are enjoying every moment.

"To see the kids progress on the football field and in life, it is why I have done this for so long. I would do the same if I had to do it all over again," Scott said.

"My success has not been the games I have won, or the glories I have claimed. It is seeing the kids I have coached become successful in life. It has made my life's work worth every moment I have spent worth it," Angieri added.

Experience that will help make the Sequoyah Indians succeed in life is what both of the legendary coaches are hoping for and the main reason they returned to the job they love.


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