Former University of Tulsa head football coach Bill Blankenship was officially hired as the head football coach at Fayetteville High School in Arkansas.
Blankenship was head coach at Tulsa from 2011-14 where he compiled a 24-27 overall record, including an 11-3 record in 2012 with a Conference USA championship and a Liberty Bowl win.
Blankenship is legendary in high school coaching in Oklahoma during his time at Tulsa Union from 1992-2005, where he won state championships in 2002, 2004 and 2005 and compiled a 56-game home win streak between 1997-2005.
Blankenship was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009. He was 154-26 at Union and also coached at Tulsa Eastwood Baptist, Spiro (Oklahoma), Edmond (Oklahoma) Memorial and was an assistant coach at Tulsa from 2007-10 before being promoted to head coach.
Blankenship spent the 2015 football season as an offensive analyst and special teams’ coordinator on Justin Fuente’s staff at the University of Memphis. This spring, Blankenship served as a volunteer assistant at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School.
Blankenship replaces Daryl Patton, who had a 116-43-2 record in 13 seasons and won Class 7A state championships in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Patton resigned and was hired as head coach at Bauxite, Arkansas.