Choctaw coach accepts position with OSSAA
After four years as Choctaw High School’s Athletic Director and head football coach, and 30 years of coaching prior to that, Todd Dilbeck has decided to hang up his whistle.
While retiring from the coaching game, Dilbeck isn’t done working as he’s now headed to the Oklahoma Secondary Sch
ool Activities Association.
During the OSSAA’s regular meeting last Wednesday the board of directors approved Dilbeck as an assistant director.
Dilbeck will assume his new role July 1. Among other duties, he will oversee officiating for the OSSAA.
He will be with CHS until June 30, and help the administration find his replacement.
“We’ve already had a lot of interest for sure,” said CNP Superintendent Dr. Jim McCharen. “We’ll definitely hire good people to replace him. He’s done a great job, and Choctaw has some things in place that make the opportunity very attractive to a lot of great coaches.”
Dilbeck began the final chapter of his coaching career when he arrived at Choctaw in 2013.
The experienced coach, who seemed to have a contagious passion for students and community, brought with him a revamped coaching staff and all-round philosophy that breathed new life into the Yellowjacket program.
Choctaw football quickly ended a 30-year playoff drought, and made back-to-back appearances in 2014-15.
While this last season came up just short of the playoffs, the year still proved historic for Choctaw. With three historic wins (Midwest City, Sand Springs and State Runner-Up Lawton) CHS showed they have the ability to compete with any program in Oklahoma.
The 2016 football season was capped with an unprecedented six college signees on National Signing Day.
However, Dilbeck’s impact wasn’t limited to football as changes in all sports and the fan base were clear as Choctaw embraced a “one team” mentality.
As attendance improved for every competition in recent years, CHS cruised to an unprecedented nine team State Championships during the 2015-16 school year. Proving to produce champions in and out of the classroom, Choctaw finished the year with five state team titles and four academic state team titles.
“We’ve secured 26 Academic State Championships over the last five years,” said McCharen. “We’ve also established ourselves among the playoff elite in 6A-II football, and rank among the best in 6A in other sports.”
Officials say there’s no set timeline for finding the appropriate replacement for Dilbeck, but they hope to have a development within several weeks.