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Scott Puryear, Sports Information Director
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, OK 73939


Edward King
Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line
  Aaron Rodney
Defensive Backs/ Special Teams
  Philip Lovato
Matthew Handzo
Wide Receivers/ Running Backs


**For Immediate Release**
2005 Aggie Position Coaches
- Aggie Sports on 08/12/05
by Scott Puryear

Goodwell, OK – Joining the OPSU football staff this year are four young men who are dedicating themselves to the success of Aggie football. Each has worked hard to learn his respective craft and they are all very welcome additions for the first year of the Kyle Davis era of Oklahoma Panhandle State football. Davis is beginning his first season as the Aggies’ head coach.

EDWARD KING will lead the OPSU defenders this year from his post as Defensive Coordinator. Last year, King was the “D Coordinator” at Si Tanka University in Huron, South Dakota where he was also Sports Information Director. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In addition to running the overall defensive schemes of the Aggies, King will also double as the position coach for the defensive line.

PHILIP LOVATO has served for the past nine years on the staff of the extremely successful La Cueva High School program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At La Cueva, Lovato had charge of the weight room and conditioning programs and supervised the defensive line for back-to-back state championship football teams. As part of the Aggie coaching staff, Lovato will be in charge of the linebackers.

AARON RODNEY will be in charge of the defensive backs and the all-important special teams. He served last year at Truman State University (a 2005 Aggie opponent) as the coach of the team’s running backs. Prior to being with Truman State, Rodney coached at the high school level in both Utah and Idaho. The OPSU defensive backfield has been solid and Rodney’s coaching skills and experience should make it even better.

MATTHEW HANDZO joins the Aggie staff from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where he received a graduate degree in Sports Administration. At Austin Peay, Handzo had charge of running backs and wide receivers and was also an academic counselor. Prior to that, he was on the staff of Kalamazoo College as well as Traverse City High School, both in Michigan. Handzo’s coaching assignment for the 2005 Aggies is to run the wide receivers and slot backs.

The Aggies open their season on August 25 against Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford.




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