**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.
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.