Mowrey ready to build on foundation

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Jul 3, 2013 - 8:36:03 AM

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles on new head coaches in local school districts. Next week – new Bray-Doyle football coach Lee Bluejacket.)
FUNDAMENTALSLarry Mowrey is new to Marlow, but he has already been working hard.
The Lady Outlaws’ basketball coach took his team to participate in camps and summer games to get a feel for what he will have to work with this season.
“I’ve been real pleased,” Mowrey said. “I told them I just wanted them to play hard. Obviously, they are not going to know my offenses and defenses and things like that, but I just told them to show me they could play hard.
“I think we accomplished everything we wanted to do this summer, and the girls seem to be excited just as much as I am
Mowrey is coming into a good situation where former girls coach Kirk Harris gave him a good foundation to work on. Mowrey likes the fact he is coming into a situation where he does not have to rebuild.
“They know how to win. My message to them now is let’s go from being winners to being champions,” the coach said.
Mowrey comes to Marlow via Putnam City, where he knew current Marlow football coach Rob Renshaw.
“I had pretty good spot (as an assistant coach) at Putnam City, and I had made up my mind that I was not going to leave unless it was a very good situation,” Mowrey said. “I think this is a good situation. I’ve known (Marlow football) coach (Rob) Renshaw for quite a while from when he was up in Putnam City. He absolutely loves it here.
“When this job came open, my wife (Shelly) who also teaches was able to get a job, so it was an opportunity for both of us.”
But it is more than just coming into a good situation that brought him to Marlow.
“I’ve coached at Wenonka, which is a Class B school, and I’ve coached at Okemah, which is a similar situation to this, and I’ve coached at Putnam City. I’ve run the gamut, and this atmosphere of a smaller town, the involvement of the parents as fans, I really like it. There seems to be a lot of support here for athletics and academics. My first meeting with the administration went extremely well.”
There probably won’t be much of a noticeable difference in style of play. Harris preferred the up-tempo game and Mowrey is the same way.
“You have to be able to adapt to what you have, but I do like to do things up tempo,” the coach said. “I like to run the ball, and I like to press and trap, and those types of defensive things.
“I think the up-tempo game will suit us real well.”
Mowrey’s coaching career began as an assistant at Panhandle State in Goodwell for two years. After the head coach left, he entered the Air Force and after his military stint, spent time as a government contractor.
“My wife got into teaching, and it was always what I wanted to do,” he said. “I was making good money, but everything happens for a reason. The company I was working for lost their contract, so I went and got my certification, and here I am.”