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Gothard leaves Velma-Alma after 25 years

Growing up and starting his career in Kingston, all Greg Gothard knew was the banks of beautiful Lake Texoma.

Velma didn't shine in that way toward a 25-year-old Gothard, who in 1989 was driving into town to start his second and final high school coaching job.

"When me and my wife got there, we were like, 'This isn't much to look at,'" Gothard said.

The two had already embraced the idea that coaching life would move them around.

"My plan was that (Velma) was a two- to three-year stint," he said.

What a difference 25 years make.

Gothard stayed in the small town southeast of Duncan. First he was Velma-Alma's defensive coordinator  part of a 40-game win streak, two state titles and one runner-up finish  then he became head coach in 1998 and reached the state finals twice (2001 and '06), making the playoffs every year except '02.

Last Tuesday, he finally went a different direction.

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