Callens joins BA football staff
vs. Kentucky/ Notre Dame (St. Pete Inv.), 3 p.m./6
Broken Arrow football coach David Alexander said he got to know Corey Callens while they worked the Eastern Oklahoma Offensive Line Camp at Bixby the last couple of years.
From that association came the news that Alexander has hired the former Jenks High standout and University of Oklahoma defensive lineman to coach the Tigers' defensive linemen.
“Corey's gonna walk into that room with those teenagers with tons and tons of credibility,” Alexander said. “He brings a rare element that will be hard to find in a coaching staff.”
A powerful defensive end, Callens helped lead Jenks to the first of its 13 state titles under former head coach Allan Trimble in 1996 and was Tulsa World co-player of the year.
He went on to play on OU's national championship team in 2000, was part of the Miami Dolphins for a time and played two seasons with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe.
He spent six seasons on OU's strength and conditioning staff and recently completed his second season as a Southmoore assistant.
“I've been wanting to get back to the eastern side of the state and I missed the kind of football culture I experienced at Jenks,” Callens said. “When I talked to coach Alexander about that (culture), I could tell he knew what I was talking about.”
Callens and his wife of 18 years, Marisha, have four children. Corey Jr., the eldest of three sons, totaled 53 tackles as a Southmoore junior last season. He has the option of following his father to Broken Arrow or playing his senior season at Southmoore.
Alexander said Callens and his family “will make our community a better place to live.”