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Pobolish era begins at SWOSU

WEATHERFORD  Locking arms, a dozen Bulldogs are doing group situps on the gym floor while their new coach, Chet Pobolish, roots them on smack dab in the middle.

The synchronized clapping in unison picks up steam  as well as the pace  as coach and teammates all cheer one another on during the first team workout last Friday afternoon.

Pobolish blows his whistle three times and raises a set of fist pumps signaling the end of the fun group drill as the team brings the huddle in, all hyped up as one.

This is the new era of Bulldogs football, and with a lively, enegetic vibe, Southwestern Oklahoma State is eager to get the ball rolling.

Pobolish now becomes the 22nd coach in 109-year history of the Bulldog football program. He takes over for SWOSU alum Dan Cocannouer, who coached the Bulldogs nine seasons, including this year, before retiring at the end of the season.

"We are very fortunate to be adding a coach of his caliber to our staff," SWOSU President Randy Beutler said of the Pobolish hire. "We look forward to watching our program flourish under his leadership."

Pobolish was introduced as the new Southwestern Oklahoma State University head football coach last Monday, Nov. 27, but only a week into the job he's already instilling a culture change  one that is surely to reap rewards on the football field next fall.

The Lawton Constitution

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