| The Wyatt reign begins Tuesday, December 12 when he takes over head football coaching dutiesat OPSU. – Laura Hays photo
**For Immediate Release**
Mike Wyatt, 222-77-2
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-01-06
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. — The numbers say it all. William Michael (Mike) Wyatt’s stellar overall won-loss record speaks for itself and the Grandfield, Oklahoma native has been named head football coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Wyatt, a 1981 OPSU cum laude graduate, served as a student assistant coach from 1979-1981 while finishing his Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for a team that went 9-0 and claimed OPSU’s first ever National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoff appearance during one of OPSU’s most successful football eras.
Wyatt is returning to OPSU from a three year stint as the general manager and head football coach of the Rivercity Rage Professional Indoor Football Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Taking over a team that had no more than 4 wins in any season, he produced three consecutive playoff teams and coached the first player in the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) history to catch more than 1,000 yards in passes during a season. In addition, the program boasted the NIFL’s #1 scoring offense, the #1 total offense and #1 passing offense. He was named Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and General Manager of the Year in 2005.
Following his graduation from OPSU, Wyatt took over a struggling Atoka, Okla. high school program and within two seasons, the team made the state playoffs two consecutive years. From there, he coached in the college ranks at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, then coached professional football in Italy and Sweden, leading those teams to championships and racking up more wins. After a short stint at Dodge City Community College, Wyatt returned to coaching in the professional ranks, leading the Milan (Italy) Rhinos to the playoffs for the first time in four years. For the next six years, Wyatt coached the Rhein Main Razorbacks in Germany, taking a team that had never finished above fifth place in their league to three first place, two second place and a third place spot.
During the interview process, Wyatt met with the OPSU football team and inspired enthusiastic applause from the entire team. With that support and his refusal to accept second best, Wyatt’s coming to town to win. He said, “All of the greatest achievements start out as what others consider somebody’s unrealistic dream.” Wyatt proves he turns those dreams into reality.