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Russell Gaskamp Named Head Football Coach

—By Laura Nelson on 05/02/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—Russell Gaskamp has been named the head football coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University pending approval by the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents. A number of candidates were reviewed and school officials determined that Gaskamp is the best fit for the current situation.

Gaskamp has spent the past seven years coaching in the Lone Star Conference, most recently at Angelo State Univ. where he was offensive line coach the past three years and also took over the offensive coordinator position in January of 2011. In his first season in San Angelo, the Rams increased their offensive production nearly 1,500 yards over the previous season and in the second year, Gaskamp's offensive line ranked third in the nation. Before coaching in San Angelo, he was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State and also had a stop at Texas A&M Univ.-Commerce.

The Weatherford, Okla. native played center on the Univ. of Texas offensive line that paved the way for Ricky Williams to win the Heisman Trophy in 1998. Gaskamp holds a bachelor's in management from UT and a master's in educational leadership from Sam Houston State Univ. He and his wife Justine plan to make their home in Goodwell.

The Aggies were no. 2 in the nation last year in overall defense in NCAA Div. II. Couple that with Gaskamp's extraordinary offensive coaching skill and Aggie fans can expect plenty of exciting 2012 OPSU football!