Sequoyah Schools Superintendent listens as the newly hired Sequoyah Lady Indians basketball coach Larry Callison addresses his team for the first time.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Sequoyah High School named former Faith 7 and all-state coach Larry Callison as the new varsity girls basketball coach.
Callison, 58, was officially hired by the school on June 3 and will hit the ground running by coaching the team during camps at Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas this month.
"Larry Callison is a great addition to the Sequoyah High School coaching staff,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “His success in basketball is second to none in Oklahoma, and he has been extremely successful at multiple levels of competition. In addition to his knowledge of the game, Coach Callison will be a valuable mentor and advocate for our students.”
Considered one of the best coaches in the state, Callison boasts a career record of 743 wins and 205 losses in 28 years of coaching both girls and boys high school basketball. In 22 years of coaching boys basketball, he led his teams to 15 state tournament appearances in five different classes. Callison coached in four state championship games, winning a state title at Ketchum High School in 1995.
“The opportunity to coach at Sequoyah was very intriguing and exciting. I felt right at home when I visited with school officials and knew that this was one of the few places that I’d consider coaching,” Callison said. “I think I still have something to offer to the game, and I believe these girls are extremely talented and understand how to win.”
In addition to multiple state tournament appearances, Callison coached 13 all-state players and was named Grove Sun Coach of the Year three straight seasons from 1994-96. He was also named the 2000 KURM Dream Team Coach of the Year and had a home winning streak of 105 games, spanning several seasons across four schools.
“Coach Callison has spent most of his coaching career in schools with a predominantly Native American student body and has experienced an abundance of success at those schools,” said Sequoyah Schools Superintendent Leroy Qualls. “He will bring stability to the program and knowledge of the game that rival any coach.”
Callison inherits a program that lost only one senior from a state quarterfinal team last season. The Sequoyah Lady Indians program has been a recent powerhouse in girls prep basketball, appearing in nine state tournaments and winning three 3A state championships since 2000.
Callison’s coaching career began at Gore Public Schools in 1977, after he graduated from Northeastern State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in education. He also received a Master of Science in administration from NSU in 1992. Callison’s other coaching stops include two stints at Ketchum Public Schools, Vian Public Schools, Stilwell Public Schools, two stops at Eufaula Public Schools and Boynton Public Schools. Callison’s teams posted the best record in school history while at Vian and Stilwell.
“We’re excited to have Coach Callison join our coaching staff,” said Sequoyah Schools Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden. “His credentials are outstanding. He has high expectations for our girls, both on and off the court. We are confident that his style of coaching and depth of experience are a good fit for our team.”
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