May 30, 2013

Metcalf named new USAO basketball coach


CHICKASHA — “That was vital in giving me the confidence that I am ready for this day,” Metcalf said. “I have been prepared by one of the best basketball coaches in the state of Oklahoma, Coach Brisco McPherson.”

With his history with the program, Metcalf doesn’t expect the transition to be challenging.

“Not very much needs to be changed. We’re heading in the right direction,” Metcalf said. “My first order of business is going recruiting. We have six returners, and I’ve got to go fill a team.”

Metcalf describes his style of coaching as fast paced and full of action.

“I’m a little more up-tempo kind of coach. I will be recruiting guys who can run and jump and apply a little more pressure at the perimeter,” he said. “Things are going to change, but I am up for the task.”

Metcalf has been instrumental in USAO’s rise to prominence both in the Sooner Athletic Conference and nationally as he helped the Drovers achieve back-to-back-to-back trips to the national tournament, highlighted by the university’s first-ever national championship in 2002 where the Drovers’ beat out Metcalf’s alma mater, Oklahoma Baptist.

With his help, the Drovers added three more national tournament appearances, including one just last season.

Metcalf’s tenure at USAO began in 1998, but after two years, he moved on for the assistant position at NCAA Division I Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. He returned to USAO in 2001.

Metcalf also was the assistant coach at Hill Junior College in the mid-90s.

He said he fell in love with coaching as a student assistant at Oklahoma Baptist University.

As standout high school player in his native Louisiana, Metcalf graduated from Airline High School, where he was a three-year starter and received All-City, All-Area and All-District honors.

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