TAHLEQUAH – Tahlequah Public Schools administrators will recommend to the Tahlequah I-35 Board of Education that Kenneth Thornton be the new head football coach of the Tigers.

“We were honored to gain the interest of so many fine men and coaches,” said Athletic Director Randy Underwood. “This was a very difficult decision and eight fine applicants were interviewed.”

Thornton comes to Tahlequah with 16 years experience as an assistant coach, with stops at Sapulpa, Broken Arrow, Tulsa East Central, Enid, Sperry and Stilwell. He was a part of a successful season at Sapulpa as offensive coordinator, including an appearance at the 6A state quarterfinals last season. Thornton has made eight other playoff appearances in his career, including a trip to the 6A semi-finals at Enid High School and 6A quarterfinals at Broken Arrow.

“Coach Thornton has enthusiasm, love of the game and commitment to the community,” said Underwood. “He is a fine man with outstanding character who connects with kids.”

Underwood wants Thornton to build on the level of participation in the football program.

“It is a difficult game it takes a great deal of intrinsic values and motivation. We have great, tough kids, and I know Coach Thornton will lead them to believe in their potential. He has the fire in his belly for Tahlequah football and he has a never say die, tenacious attitude to do whatever it takes to build a successful program,” said Underwood. “The community can depend on Coach Thornton to give his heart and soul to the Tahlequah High School football program.”

Thornton is a 1990 graduate of Northeastern State University and a 1985 graduate of Tahlequah High School.

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