Bill Blankenship is returning to coach in Oklahoma.
After winning a state high school championship in Arkansas, the former Tulsa quarterback and TU coach, has accepted the head coaching position at Owasso High School. Blankenship, 60, won three state titles in 11 years while coaching at Union High School in Tulsa. He guided the Golden Hurricane to an 11-win season in 2012 but was fired after the 2014 season.
Ten years ago, Coach Kirk Fridrich left Owasso High School to coach at Union.
Blankenship coached Fayetteville High School to the Arkansas Class 7A title last month with a 13-1 record. “Over the holidays, we became especially aware of how much we have missed being near our kids and grandkids,” Blankenship said in a statement. “This decision to return to the Tulsa area was hard, but the right thing for our family.”
Blankenship and his wife Angie still own a home in the Tulsa area.
Owasso coach Bill Patterson had a 3-7 record in 2016. He resigned to become the Owasso Athletic Director. Patterson’s record was 70-44 in 10 seasons but he never won a state title.
Union or Jenks have won the last 21 state titles in the top football classification in the state. In that period, Owasso has a combined 3-39 record against those two powerhouse schools. Owasso’s only state title in football was in 1974.
In 2015, Blankenship was an offensive analyst for The University of Memphis football program under head coach Justin Fuente, who played quarterback for Blankenship at Union.