VYPE Magazine editor Brad Heath spent a few minutes with Altus High School Athletic Director Randall Coffman to get his thoughts on the upcoming season and to find out some of his favorite things away from school.
VYPE: Where did you get your start coaching and where did you originally graduate from?
Coffman: Grew up in Mangum, OK. Started Coaching in the Choctaw/Nicoma Park District in the mid 90’s, football and golf at Nicoma Park Junior High. Was also a site athletic coordinator for NPJH. Went to college for undergraduate work at Western Oklahoma State College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, have a Masters in Geoscience from Mississippi State University and currently attending the University of Alabama, studying Sports Administration and Management.
VYPE: Dealing with a pandemic is no easy task. How do you feel the covid response by your coaches and staff has been and how ready is everyone to get back into a more normal routine?
Coffman: Covid-19 definitely threw everyone a curve ball. Each day was a new day, but my staff worked hard to maintain as much normalcy as possible once we got a plan and to summer pride 2020. From that point on, we worked to do our level best to ensure our teams had a season. Like some area schools, we were in school daily with in-class learning, we had some setbacks with quarantines and roster changes but our kids played. That was a win in itself, considering our Spring 2020 with no participation.
VYPE: What is the message to the athletes at Altus under your guidance and leadership?
Coffman: Don’t take anything for granted. Be the best you, you can be and do not settle for average. We are all more capable than we give ourselves credit for, outwork the other guy. Leave it better than you found it.
VYPE: Do you have a coaching/teaching mentor? Someone you have looked up to or call on for advice?
Coffman: I have a few that I lean on quite regularly, my faith but also Coach Todd Dilbeck from OKCPS has been a steady mentor and sounding board and Coach Mike Whaley at the OSSAA. Both are fine gentlemen and very level-headed. They are both great encouragers!
VYPE: Let me throw a few fun questions at you so everyone can get to know you a little better. Where is your favorite place for lunch or dinner if you’re eating out?
Coffman: Johnny’s Charcoal Broiler for a theta burger and fries or chicken alfredo at Johnny Carino’s.
VYPE: Do you have any hobbies?
Coffman: Love to take storm pictures and chase storms. I also, raise show pigs and like music and would like to be a master guitarist if only YouTube could teach me.
VYPE: Favorite sports team from the college or pro ranks?
Coffman: Dallas Cowboys and OU Sooners/Mississippi State Bulldogs.
VYPE: Your favorite sports movie?
Coffman: Blindside or Tin Cup.
VYPE: First concert you attended?
Coffman: Willie Nelson at Lloyd Noble Arena.
VYPE: Have you ever visited another country? If so, where?
Coffman: I’ve been to Scotland, England, and Mexico. Can’t wait to go back to Scotland but would like to visit Ireland this time.
VYPE: Tell me what you have come to love most about Altus, your athletes and where is the future of the program headed?
Coffman: I love the small town feel of Altus. People like each other and make you feel at home pretty quickly. I enjoy getting to watch our student-athletes participate in whatever sport they play. It is fun to see the growth athletically and academically.
The future is bright, we have added several sports in the last couple of years and it is fun to be a part of it, even though the learning curve is steep sometimes. With the addition of e-Sports, archery, and volleyball, we have added more opportunities for student engagement and participation in the Bulldog Nation. The community and school board are supportive of facility improvements and upgrades for the student athletes. These positive changes gives our student athletes, parents and community even a greater sense of pride.
VYPE: Who gets a big shoutout from AD Coffman?
Coffman: Being an AD is a busy lifestyle. Not very many down or slow days. I am fortunate to have a fine administration team that supports the direction we are moving. This includes my superintendent, and all included right down to our end goal, successful student-athletes. I have much respect for the work they do and support they give. My family supports the work as well. They know the business of sports and time commitment but allow me to follow my dreams and work towards my goals. My wife was an athlete, and both my girls are athletes; they get it, which is nice. If they were not into it, I would probably have a different career path.