Editor’s note: This is the final installment of the look back at the members of the 1959 state championship football team. Next week, The Marlow Review looks back at the championship game of that year in the 2009 Football Preview edition.
Mickey Hoy says no one thing led him to what he became. It was a number of different events that helped him along his way.
Hoy was a senior on the 1959 state championship football team at Marlow High, but not in the way you’re used to hearing it.
The senior squad was tight-knit.
They had been through the success of an undefeated season in their freshmen year. They believed that success would follow them as a group when they reached the final year of high school.
But, there was Mickey Hoy. He was there during that freshmen year – holding a blocking dummy. He was there during the sophomore season – holding a blocking dummy.
An injury to Wayne Scott in his junior year meant Hoy would start against Wilson in the early part of the season.He broke his hand in practice that week, never to play a down the entire year.
But, this is not a story of heartbreak. And, this is not a story the likes of Rudy Ruetigger, walking on a Notre Dame.
Despite the trials and tribulations of a late-blooming young man, the years of holding a blocking dummy was part of the puzzle that would become one of the more successful coaches in high school football.
“I had a dream to play football,” Hoy said of that young man. “I got that opportunity, but I never forgot about the kid.”
Hoy did play his senior year.
As his growth spurt finally arrived, he started at fullback for the Outlaws, serving as a centerpiece on an explosive offense that would rewrite the record books in 1959.
Two years later, after walking on, he was a starter for a national champion football team at Cameron.
Two years after that, he walked on to a Central State (now UCO) team after the season began. Before long, he was starting – and wouldn’t you know it – the Broncos won the national championship. “I was just in the right place at the right time,” dismissed Hoy.
Hoy noted that Sevil Pickett played an important role in his development as a football player, a man, and a coach. But, it was a family picking up and moving from Walters to Marlow that made a real difference in his life.
“John Junior Brown moving his daughter and two sons (Jim and Terry) to Marlow had a significant impact on this town and my life,” Hoy said.
That daughter was named Karen, and she would become Mickey’s wife. “She has been my partner through everything,” Hoy said.
Karen was the reason he was at Central State in the first place. “I wasn’t there for football,” he recalled. “I was there because she was there.”
Hoy went on to build a career as an educator, administrator and football coach at four schools.
But it wasn’t the storybook start.
In the summer of 1965, Mickey was at the swimming pool (which was at Redbud Park at that time) when a man summoned him to the fence.
It was the superintendent of Tuttle High School, and he was looking for a football coach.
That fall football season was difficult. Tuttle lost every game, including the second week when the team’s best player nearly died on the field from a concussion.
Hoy had plans for developing his teams. “I brought a little of Marlow with me,” he said. “I tried to institute what I had learned of work ethic, football, and life from Marlow into everywhere I went.”
Two years later, Tuttle finished 13-0-1. The one tie was in the Class B state championship game – a game lost on penetrations.
For three years, Hoy was the head coach at El Reno, taking the Indians to the Class 4A semifinals. “We were running the single wing around the time that Barry Switzer was making the wishbone famous at Oklahoma,” Hoy recalled. “So they asked me to run the single wing somewhere else.”
That led Hoy to Davis. “At first, I wanted them to hire one of my assistants,” Hoy said. “But, he was offered a job near his hometown. They came back to me and offered the junior high principal job with the football job. It gave our family an opportunity to build a life that we wanted. You know, a house and such.”
Despite being a coach at two other schools since he was 21, Hoy found that installing the system that he learned in Marlow was the best way to approach the situation he was handed in Davis.
“It was tough,” he recalled. “We didn’t have very many out, and there were problems with discipline.”
He also remembered that the kid holding the blocking dummy is not a lost cause. “I was there. That was me,” Hoy said of his high school days. “There are the great kids and the kids that nothing will help them. Those don’t need coaching.
The other 80 to 90 percent are those that you can make a real difference with. And, in turn, some of those will make a difference when the time is right.
“Not every kid develops at the same time,” he added. “What we must do as coaches is not discourage the effort. Not diminish that dream of succeeding.”
It was just what the program needed. Hoy’s Davis squads won seven district championships and two state championships during his 12 years.
Mickey and Karen were happy in Davis, but aging parents in Marlow, and a job opening for high school principal beckoned. “We spent years raising a family, and once they were gone, we found that there were obligations with our parents,” Hoy said.
So, in the middle of the year, the Hoys packed their belongings and moved to Marlow, bringing their lives full circle.
Two years later, Hoy found himself in the position that Sevil Pickett held 35 years before him – high school principal and football coach at Marlow.
The Outlaws were quarterfinalist each of the final two seasons of Hoy’s coaching career.
The Hoys now enjoy retirement – recently returning from a trip to Maine, and grandkids – many of which live in Marlow.
He is currently serving a second term on the city council, among other civic activities, as way to give back to a community that gave him so much.
A little bit of Marlow. It’s what goes with Hoy wherever he goes.
1959 Championship: Hoy’s life comes full circle
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By Jason McPherson
Aug 27, 2009 - 9:05:58 AM
By Jason McPherson
Aug 27, 2009 - 9:05:58 AM