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With fall sports just weeks away from kicking off, Duncan has added three new coaches to help guide its players during the 2013 season.
Joining the Demons staff will be former Duncan football coach Lindy Welborn and new faces Roy Burk and Josh Rolan.
“We were really fortunate to add the coaches we got at the time we got them,” Duncan Athletic Director Burl White said. “I’ve seen a lot of towns at the high school and middle school level have a tough time bringing on new people. It’s been a long battle for our coaches and myself scouting the territory, and I think we’ve done a good job.”
The first time Welborn was at Duncan, he helped oversee two of the best football teams the city ever saw. He worked as an assistant coach in 1983 and 1984 when the Demons won back to back state titles.
He now returns to Duncan to once again work as an assistant football coach along with becoming the school’s boy’s head golf coach. Welborn, who has coached for 41 years, will replace Eddie Cox, who retired this spring after working as the Demons head coach for 39 years.
Welborn’s experience also includes time in Del City and at Wichita Falls Ryder in Texas. Before deciding to coach again at Duncan, he had retired in May 2012.
“A lot has changed here since he’s left, but he’s spent some time in Texas, and we all know how competitive the game is down there,” White said. “When he was here in the eighties, he was here coaching some of our best teams. He’s a winner, and we’re really pleased to have him back.”
One of Duncan’s other new coaches will also be one of its youngest. Josh Rolan, a graduate of Central Oklahoma and native of Pauls Valley, will spend his first year of coaching with the Demons as an assistant in football, basketball and baseball. In college, Rolan played baseball for the Bronchos as a starting and relief pitcher.
“Josh is a young and ambitious coach who I think will bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to our program,” White said. “He’s a great young man and we expect him to do a little bit of everything for us.”
The Duncan Middle School will also welcome a new addition to its football staff, with long time coach Roy Burk joining the team in 2013. A former star at Northeastern A&M, Burke comes to Duncan after coaching at Tomlinson Middle School in Lawton.
“He has a good knowledge of mechanics. If you ask me, he’s really one of the best throwing coaches in the state of Oklahoma,” White said. “He still lives in Duncan, so it’s a move he’s really excited about it too.”
The Duncan High football season begins with a scrimmage against Ada on August 23 and its regular season will kick off on September 6 against Guthrie.